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Marijuana Legalization Wouldn't Pass if California Voted On it Today

After Prop. 19, the effort to fully legalize marijuana in California, came ever so close to passing in 2010, some polls had cannabis slowly gaining approval months later, whetting the appetites for some supporters who wanted a remix of the initiative on the 2012 ballot.

Well, 2012 is here, and there's no full-legalization measure to speak of. Not only that, but Californians don't seem to be much closer to weed-smoking utopia than they were two years ago.

The latest numbers from the USC Dornsife / Los Angeles Times poll (PDF) show that ...

... the same percentage of California voters support full legalization as the percentage who voted for Prop. 19 -- 46 percent.

The poll found that 50 percent of you would vote no today; 54 percent were opposed in 2010.

But ... a whopping 80 percent of you back what the Golden State does now --- "allowing patients with terminal or debilitating conditions to possess and consume marijuana if their doctors recommend it."

Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, told the Times that Californians want compassionate cannabis but are "worried that the law is being abused."

With 500 or so pot shops in L.A., some might call it abuse. For others, it's a convenience.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]


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