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Californians Back Pot Legalization 54% to 43%



The people of California are ready to follow the example set by Colorado and Washington State. A new Field Poll found that a majority of voters in the state now support legalizing the sale of marijuana, with age and other controls like those applicable to alcohol.

According to the poll, 54 percent of voters in California believe marijuana should be legalized, regulated, and taxed. Only 43 percent of voters oppose the change. A majority of all voters under the age of 65 support legalization. Senior citizens are the only age group that still opposes this reform. This big age divide basically assures that support for legalization will continue to grow in the coming years due to the nature turnover in demographics.

Support for legalization has grown considerably in the past few years. Just over two years ago Proposition 19, which would of legalized marijuana in the state, failed 46.5 percent yes to 53.5 percent no. Now support for legalization has effectively flipped.

Marijuana now polls as well or better in California than it did in Colorado and Washington State before those voters legalized it. When a well-crafted legalization initiative next appears on the ballot in California it will likely be approved. The Golden State should be one of the next states to end marijuana prohibition.

Photo by Scott Beale released under Creative commons License

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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