Marijuana Legalization Initiative Leads: Poll

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A new poll shows more than 1 in 3 California voters had tried pot, more than 1 in 10 had lit up in the past year and, by a modest margin, most believe they should legally be allowed to grow and consume marijuana.

The Los Angeles Times has the scoop on the poll it conducted with USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

State voters back the marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot, 49 percent to 41 percent, with 10 percent undecided, according to the poll.

"The good news for proponents is that they are starting off with a decent lead," Dan Schnur, the institute's director, reportedly says. "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."

More manna for foes: the support legalization has is tenuous, with one-third of supporters only favoring it "somewhat."

The poll finds that the key demographic group may be . . . wait for it . . . soccer moms. While men favor legalization, women are split, particularly married women, 49 percent of whom reject the initiative.

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