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PPIC Poll: 60% of Likely Voters in California Back Marijuana Legalization

Support for marijuana legalization continues to grow at a rapid pace. The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll found 52 percent of the state’s residents believe the use of cannabis should be legal, while only 45 percent think it should remain illegal.

When the poll is limited to only those likely to vote in the next election support for legalization actually increased to 60 percent legal versus 38 percent illegal. That is the important number for any potential future ballot initiative. The only opinions that matter are the ones of people who actually vote and with polling this strong any initiative would be an overwhelming favorite to win.

This is the first time marijuana legalization has reached majority support among Californians in a PPIC poll, and this represents a massive jump in support since voters in Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana last November. PPIC’s last poll on marijuana from March of 2012 found only 45 percent of Californians thought it should be legal, while 51 percent thought it should remain illegal. Now that the first states have blazed the trail people across the country have become far more open to the idea.

The poll also found that the people of California overwhelmingly don’t want the federal government trying to interfere with states’ marijuana laws. Only 35 percent want federal agencies to enforce federal law in states that have legalized marijuana, while 61 percent want the federal government to take a hands off approach.

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PPIC Poll: 60% of Likely Voters in California Back Marijuana Legalization

Support for marijuana legalization continues to grow at a rapid pace. The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll found 52 percent of the state’s residents believe the use of cannabis should be legal, while only 45 percent think it should remain illegal.

When the poll is limited to only those likely to vote in the next election support for legalization actually increased to 60 percent legal versus 38 percent illegal. That is the important number for any potential future ballot initiative. The only opinions that matter are the ones of people who actually vote and with polling this strong any initiative would be an overwhelming favorite to win.

This is the first time marijuana legalization has reach majority support among Californians in a PPIC poll, and this represents a massive jump in support since voters in Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana last November. PPIC’s last poll on marijuana from March of 2012 found only 45 percent of Californians thought it should be legal, while 51 percent thought it should remain illegal. Now that the first states have blazed the trail people across the country have become far more open to the idea.

The poll also found that the people of California overwhelmingly don’t want the federal government trying to interfere with states’ marijuana laws. Only 35 percent want federal agencies to enforce federal law in states that have legalized marijuana, while 61 percent want the federal government to take a hands off approach. (more…)

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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 http://pendinghorizon.com