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Poll: Majority of Arizonans Support Marijuana Legalization

According to a new Behavior Research Center poll, a solid majority of Arizonans support legalizing marijuana for personal use. The poll found 56 percent of registered voters in Arizona favor “legalizing the possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use” while only 37 percent want to keep it illegal.

Among partisan groups support for marijuana legalization was actually highest among Independents with 72 percent in support. By comparison 61 percent of Democrats support marijuana legalization and only 41 percent of Republicans. This would seem to indicate that endorsing marijuana reform would be a smart political move for candidates by helping them appeal to the Independent voters since this group often decides elections.

This is now the second poll this year to show that a majority of voters in Arizona are ready to back significant changes to marijuana laws.

In January Public Policy Polling did a survey of Arizona for the National Voice for the Cannabis Industry. While the wording of its poll was slightly different it found that 59 percent would support a ballot initiative to have “marijuana be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and sold to adults 21 years of age or older.”

Assuming more polling confirms these results Arizona could potentially end up as a target for a marijuana ballot initiative in one of the upcoming elections.

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Jon Walker

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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