Eight in 10 Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical use and nearly half favor decriminalizing the drug more generally, both far higher than a decade ago...I would not be surprised if California legalizes marijuana as a grand political bargain - the state government desperately needs the money. Liberals would get legalized marijuana, conservatives would see less pressure on having taxes rise.
And a separate proposal in California to legalize and tax the drug cleared a legislative committee last week. A Field poll there in April found 56 percent support for the idea, which its backers say would raise $1.3 billion a year.
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