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Wednesday
Oct272010

Californians to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana; Polls Show Opposition

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- With election day less than a week away, the proposition in California getting the most attention is one that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.  On Tuesday, Californians will take to the the polls and vote on Proposition 19 to decide whether or not small amounts of pot should be legal to carry and grow.

Many residents have embraced marijuana for medical use, but apparently disagree with recreational marijuana use.  The latest polls show Prop 19 losing by a hefty margin.

But Antonio Gonzalez, the head of a phone bank in Los Angeles that's been calling voters to get their support, claims the polls are unreliable because many people don't want to admit to pollsters how they'll vote.

Gonzalez says, "There may be a whole group of voters out there that are really going 'as long as they don't know that I'm going to vote yes, I'm fine with it,' but talking to a live person they're no."

If Prop 19 passes, Californians will be allowed to have up to an ounce of pot, as well as the right to grow it.

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Monday
Oct252010

Calif. Pot Legalization Support Falls; Opponents Grow Optimistic

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Two recent polls show that support for Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana in California, is losing its buzz, and that's making opponents of the measure more confident as Nov. 2 approaches.

"We've done a ton of radio, television and print interviews," said Roger Salazar of No on Prop 19: Public Safety First, the measure's biggest foe. "The more we're able to get out and talk to people, the more they've been apt to take a close look at [the bill]."

Proposition 19 would allow people 21 and older to cultivate up to 25 square feet of marijuana and carry up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use at private locations. The state would regulate businesses selling marijuana and collect fees and taxes the way it does for cigarettes and alcohol.

Marijuana is California's biggest cash crop, worth $14 billion in sales, nearly double the state's second-biggest revenue generator, the dairy industry.

Just last month, polls showed support for the bill was gaining steam. However, a Public Policy Institute of California survey published last week revealed that voters had changed their minds and were now opposed, 49 percent to 44 percent. A Los Angeles Times/USC poll released last Friday put the numbers at 51 percent opposed, to 39 percent in favor.

Salazar credited newspaper editorial boards with the change in direction after they came out against Prop 19, focusing on the negative aspects of legalizing marijuana. He said his organization and others felt good about Election Day and believed the trend was moving in their direction.

"If we can show people the flaws...they'll vote no," Salazar said. "Voters can see legalizing marijuana if they can get something out of it. [Prop 19] doesn't do what it says it's gonna do and will just free potheads to do whatever they want."

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