Modest majority of Californians support legalizing marijuana

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A modest majority of California voters support legalizing marijuana, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Times-University of Southern California (USC) poll shows that 49 percent think they should be allowed to grow and consume marijuana, but only a third of them say they "somewhat " favor the measure.

Forty-one percent oppose the measure, with most of them saying they believe it will worsen social problems. One in 10 of those surveyed are undecided.

The poll also found that one in three voters had tried pot and more than one in 10 had lit up in the past year.

"The good news for proponents is that they are starting off with a decent lead. The good news for the opposition is that initiatives that start off at less than 50 percent in the polls usually have a hard time," said Dan Schnur, director of USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

The supporters say marijuana taxes could raise more than a billion dollars in revenue, but opponents argue that legalizing marijuana would worsen social problems, such as increasing crime and triggering higher marijuana use among teenagers. The survey of about 1,500 registered voters was conducted May 19- 26. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

Californians will vote over the issue in November.

Source:Xinhua

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