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Majority of Arizona Voters Would Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol

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A new Public Policy Polling survey for the National Cannabis Industry Association found that 59 percent of Arizona voters would support an initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to Alcohol.

PPP (1/9-10)
If an initiative appeared on a future ballot in Arizona, proposing that marijuana be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and sold to adults 21 years of age or older in state-licensed stores, would you vote ‘yes’ in favor of this initiative or ‘no’ against this initiative?
Yes, feel strongly about it……………….  40%
Yes, don’t feel strongly about it ………  19%
No, feel strongly about it……………….  33%
No, don’t feel strongly about it ……….   3%
Not sure…………………………………… 4%

Interestingly, the poll also asked about the medical marijuana law approved by voters back in 2010 and found support for it was nearly identically to overall support for legalization. According to the poll, 59 percent of Arizona voters support the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and 39 percent oppose it.

It seems the recent legalization of marijuana by voters in Colorado and Washington State is causing Americans all over the country to rethink their opinions on the issue. This is the latest in a string of polls released this year show that a majority of voters in several states now back legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults. We seem to have crossed the tipping point on the issue.

It should be noted that the poll queried people who are registered to vote, which as a group tend to be  younger and more supportive of marijuana than the subset of people who actually cast a ballot, especially during non-presidential elections.

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Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (