Pot Legalization Faces an Uphill Battle

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010  |  Updated 6:32 AM PDT
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A Field Poll released Friday suggests trouble for supporters of a California ballot proposition seeking to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

A Field Poll released Friday suggests trouble for supporters of a California ballot proposition seeking to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

The survey found 48 percent of likely voters oppose the initiative while 44 percent support it. That is far from the level of support typically needed at this stage of a campaign, said Mark DiCamillo, the poll's director.


"When you're starting out behind, the odds are against you, so that's going to be a tough one to pull off," he said.

Proposition 19 would allow adults to cultivate marijuana and enable local governments to regulate and tax sales of the plant to raise revenue. Proponents have said the proposal could generate $200 million per year, but others say the amount would be lower.

 

California already allows marijuana use for medicinal purposes under the voter-approved Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

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