The Public Polling Institute of California released a study Wednesday showing California's likely voters support pot legalization by a margin of 60%. About 38% oppose the move. About 68% of likely voters also believe the federal government should not intervene in those states that have legalized the drug. "Democrats (64%), independents (60%), and men (57%) are more likely than Republicans (45%) and women (47%) to favor legalization," the report states. Exactly 1,703 adults were polled. The margin of error for the poll is +/-3.7% at the 95% confidence interval.
Speakers from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of cops, judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs, were pleased but unsurprised to receive the news.
“As California goes, so goes the nation, and right now the best thing this country can do to enhance public safety, decrease incarceration, and smartly regulate drugs so that they don’t fall into the hands of kids is to legalize marijuana,” said retired lieutenant commander Diane Goldstein of the Redondo Beach Police Department. “Californians recognize that and will soon be able to show the rest of the country how sensible regulation is a much smarter way to handle drug use and abuse than by treating it as a matter for law enforcement.”
The poll can be found in its entirety here.