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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pot Legalization Polling Well

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM

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Survey says: You want pot.

A Los Angeles Times/USC poll indicates that a plurality of Californians support a measure on the November ballot proposing the taxation and regulation of cannabis. According to the survey, 49 percent of voters support the idea, 41 percent are opposed, and 10 percent are on the fence.

That's the good news for pot enthusiasts. The bad news: Support is somewhat tenuous, with one-third of the those in favor of the measure responding they only support it "somewhat." Also, women are not pleased. That mirrors the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Survey released in May, which noted that 54 percent of men favor pot legalization but only 42 percent of women do so.

In addition to sex, predictably, another major trending factor revealed by the poll was age.

Among respondents aged 65 and older, 52 percent oppose marijuana legalization. Voters between ages 45 and 64 support legalization at a 49 percent clip. Meanwhile, those aged 30 to 44 show 53 percent support and 18-to-29-year-olds register 61-percent support.

Finally, 37 percent of respondents said they'd used pot. Of the 11 percent who'd used it within the last year, a whopping 82 percent favored legalization.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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