The latest poll on Prop. 64, the initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in California, shows the biggest support yet for the measure.

Or rather, pollsters at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley found that 63.8 percent of those asked support “the idea” of legalization — not necessarily the specifics of 64.

Still, that’s a high number — almost two-thirds of those polled. In fact, this study was about as scientific as it gets. The university says a whopping 3,020 registered California voters were polled, and that “the responses were weighted to reflect the statewide distribution of the California population by gender, race/ethnicity, education and age,” according to a statement.

The school says 73.8 percent of registered Democrats and 62.2 percent of independent voters are backing legalization. Only California Republicans, a shrinking breed, said no at a rate of 53 percent to 47 percent, Berkeley said.

But even Republicans were softening on the question. The university says 61.6 percent of GOP voters said no way to legal recreational pot last year.

“Support for legalization was highest among African Americans (71.9 percent) and Latinos (69.3 percent) and lowest among Asian-Americans (57.7 percent),” the school said. “Support for legalization was also highest among 18- to 24-year-olds, and lowest among those over 65.”

We’ll find out how it all shakes out in November.

Source: The 420 Times
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