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Of the three marijuana legalization measures on the ballot this November, Initiative 502 in Washington State continues to do the best in the polls. With less than three weeks until election day and ballots already being mailed out to voters, I-502 still holds a big lead in the latest King 5/SurveyUSA poll.

According to the SurveyUSA poll, 55 percent of likely voters plan to vote for the I-502, which would legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults and create a regulatory system for its sale. Only 36 percent of likely voters say they oppose the initiative, with an additional 8 percent still undecided.

Support for the initiative has remained mostly unchanged throughout the cycle. Early in the month the same pollster found it winning 57 percent yes to 33 percent no, which was nearly identical to the result from their September polling.

The one potential warning sign is that there is a second poll of the state out today from the University of Washington. It also shows I-502 leading but by a much smaller margin. The Washington Poll found the I-502 at 47.1 percent yes to 40.1 percent no.

If the voters of Washington approve I-502 not only would it be a remarkable development for the state, but it would likely have serious far reaching implications for the entire country. Having one or more states legalize marijuana this November could likely spark a national conversation about our current marijuana policies.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com