Poll: Record Number of California Voters Support Marijuana Legalization - NBC Bay Area

Poll: Record Number of California Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

A new Field Poll shows a record high support for marijuana legalization.



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    It appears California voters prefer marijuana legalization -- and they much prefer it over federal Justice Department meddling in the state's medical cannabis dispensaries.

    A new Field Poll released Wednesday reveals 54 percent of polled voters favor marijuana legalization, compared to 43 percent of respondents against, according to reports. That's the highest level of marijuana support recorded in the Field Poll's 44-year history, the Bay Area News Group reported.

    In addition, 72 percent of voters surveyed support the state's medical marijuana laws, and 66 percent said they oppose the Obama Administration's crackdown on state-legal dispensaries, according to the poll.

    The poll showed the strongest support for marijuana legalization is in the Bay Area, where 66 percent of respondents voiced support, and among young, single people. Republicans, voters over 65, and Latinos over 40 all strongly came out against marijuana legalization.

    The poll comes on the heels of 2010's Proposition 19, when the opposite was true: 53.5 percent of voters cast "no" ballots on that marijuana legalization effort.