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CA: California Marijuana Initiative Losing Support

July 11, 2010

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State Column | 7/10/2010 |

A field poll released Friday spells trouble for supporters of a California ballot proposition seeking to legalize marijuana.

The poll found 48 percent opposed to the measure, while 44 percent support it.

That is far from the level of support normally seen by successful campaigns at this point, 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.”

Typically, ballot measures need to show support at least in the mid-to high-50s at this stage of the campaign to have hopes of passing in November.

Proposition 19 would allow California residents to grow marijuana and enable local governments to regulate and tax sales of the plant to raise revenue. California already allows marijuana use for medicinal purposes.

Men are split on the issue, while women oppose legalizing pot, 50 percent to 41 percent. White voters support Prop. 19 by a slim margin, while minority voters disapprove of it by double-digit margins. Latinos, for instance, oppose the measure, 62 percent to 36 percent.

The poll of 1,005 likely voters was conducted June 22 to July 5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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