California Marijuana Legalization Effort Might Go Up In Smoke, According To Poll

California's Prop. 19, which would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older, could go up in smoke if a recent poll is a good indication of how voters will weigh in on the initiative in November.

If the election were held this month the proposition would likely lose, with 48 percent of registered voters surveyed opposed and 44 percent in favor, according to the latest California Field Poll (PDF). Bummer. What's more ...

... "voter awareness" of the proposition at a high, ahem, 77 percent, according to the poll. Among those folks, however, Prop. 19 would win, with a flipped ratio of 48 to 44 percent.

Legalization is nearly a shoo-in among Democrats, 53 percent of whom approve. Republications? Not so much. Sixty-three percent are opposed.

In Los Angeles County, voters oppose the measure by a statistically meaningless one percent (46 percent are for it versus 47 percent opposed). In the Bay Area, of course, it would pass 53 percent to 38 percent.

Tell us something: Where are all those righteous people so angered by the city of Los Angeles' crackdown medical marijuana dispensaries? Speak now or forever hold your peace pipe.


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