Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Legalized marijuana draws ever nearer

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 7:20 PM


It's a poll-tastic day here in Colorado Springs:

— First up, data from Rasmussen Reports says that 43 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized outright, 42 percent disagree and 15 percent aren't much for decision making, or just don't know. Last May, a poll showed 41 percent in support of legalization, and 49 percent opposed.

Regardless of support categorization, 63 percent think marijuana will be nationally legalized in the next 10 years.

Several cash-strapped states have been considering legalizing and taxing the drug in order to generate more revenue. In both Colorado and California, 49 percent of voters support legalizing and taxing the drug.

Next, California's Proposition 19 — the state initiative to legalize and tax marijuana — is doing better than ever, with Public Policy Polling saying that 52 percent support passage, with only 36 percent opposed.

Democrats are more likely to throw their support behind the prop than Republicans. In all, 62 percent of Democrats, 37 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Independents support Prop 19.

African-Americans are the strongest supporters of Prop 19; 68-32 percent, followed by whites who support it 53-37.

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