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New Survey: 69% Of Americans Think Marijuana Should Be Sold At The Pharmacy If Legalized

NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As America braces for its first hit of legalized recreational marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington on January 1 st, a new nationwide survey conducted for TheStreet (NASDAQ: TST) by GfK 1 takes a look at how consumers think legal marijuana should be sold and distributed.

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More than half of Americans (53%) do not think the sale and possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use should be made legal.

On where marijuana should be sold, if the sale and possession of small amounts of it were legal:

  • 69% think marijuana should be sold at the pharmacy, 60% think marijuana should be sold in its own store, 39% think marijuana should be sold at the liquor store, 17% think marijuana should be sold in coffee shops, and 13% think marijuana should be sold at the supermarket
  • Men and women had somewhat divergent opinions of where marijuana should be sold:
    • Pharmacy: 73% of men approve versus 62% of women
    • Its own store: 61% of men approve versus 59% of women
    • Liquor store: 43% of men approve versus 34% of women
    • Coffee shops: 22% of men approve versus 13% of women
    • Supermarkets: 18% of men approve versus 8% of women

On age limits for marijuana sales:

  • 20% think those 18 and over should be able to buy marijuana
  • 50% think those 21 and over should be able to buy marijuana
  • 15% think those 30 and over should be able to buy marijuana
  • 7% think there should be no age limit

On regulation:

  • 80% think marijuana should be regulated like alcohol

"We are just starting to see what our country with legalized marijuana will look like, so it's no surprise that opinions are widely varied when it comes to its sale and distribution," said Debra Borchardt, Markets Analyst at TheStreet. "TheStreet's survey gauged people's comfort with hypothetical situations – pot in a supermarket, people under 18 being able to purchase it – and the results showed some big differences between men and women which surprised us."

The full story from TheStreet is available online and the infographic can be downloaded here.

About the SurveyOMNITEL is a weekly national telephone omnibus service from GfK, a division of GfK Custom Research North America. The sample for this Super OMNITEL wave consists of 1,011 total completed interviews, of which approximately 750 consist of landline telephone exchanges and about 250 are made up of cell phone exchanges. Interviews were  conducted from December 13 – 15, 2013. The margin of error on weighted data is + 3 percentage points for the full sample.

About TheStreetTheStreet, Inc. ( www.t.st) is the leading independent digital financial media company providing business and financial news, investing ideas and analysis to personal and institutional investors worldwide.  The Company's portfolio of business and personal finance brands includes: TheStreet, RealMoney, RealMoney Pro, Stockpickr, Action Alerts PLUS, Options Profits, MainStreet and Rate-Watch. To learn more, visit www.thestreet.com.  The Deal, the Company's institutional business, provides intraday coverage of mergers and acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control.  To learn more, visit www.thedeal.com.

1 OMNITEL poll by GfK North America, December 2013

CONTACT: Emily Schneider 212.321.5521 Emily.Schneider@thestreet.com

SOURCE TheStreet, Inc.

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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