According to a recent poll from Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizonans are ready for an end to prohibition: 45 percent of poll respondents support full legalization and 42 percent support medical marijuana. Only 13 percent want marijuana to remain illegal entirely.
Previous polls have indicated support levels varying from 36 to 60 percent.
This poll, as noted by its authors, does not properly reflect voter support for the likely legalization law: the poll posed the question of legalization for adults aged 18 or older, though any new marijuana laws in the state would likely put the age restriction for recreational cannabis consumption at 21.
Furthermore, “It is important to keep in mind this research polled a sample of all Arizona adults, not just voters or likely voters,” said David Daugherty, the poll’s director. “And, since this issue would be decided by voters, the opinions of those who will not vote are of no consequence to a ballot measure.”
Arizona is expected to vote on marijuana legalization in 2016.
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