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The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

January 7th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Roundtable: Public support for legalized pot surges

(CNN) - A majority of Americans, 55%, say marijuana should be made legal, according to new CNN poll numbers. That's a huge upward swing from even two years ago, when only 43% said it should be legal. In 1987 just 16% thought marijuana should be legalized.

Senior citizens, Republicans, and southerners are the only major demographic groups who still oppose the legal use of pot. As the baby boomers continue to age and their children replace older voters, how long before this becomes legal across the country? Or will it always be taboo in the South?

Former senator and chairwoman of the "It's My Business" coalition Blanche Lincoln, former spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott Ron Bonjean, and CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger tackle that topic, as well as a discussion on whether Congress is finally becoming more bipartisan.

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