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Poll: 49% of Voters Think Marijuana Should be Legal

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The path to legally getting high in California won't be an easy fight. Results of a poll released today show that California is split when it comes to legalizing marijuana, a question voters will be asked this November on the ballot.

In Los Angeles, and throughout most of the state, 49% think it should be legalized. San Francisco is one of the areaa where the numbers differ: 56% want the right to smoke out. Conversely, Southern California as a region is more likely to oppose it with 42% of those surveyed in favor of legalization.

Democrats and Independents are more in favor of it -- 56% and 55%, respectively -- with only 34% of Republicans giving their blessing. Younger voters are more likely to favor the prop than older ones.

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By race, Latinos are 37% for it and 62% against it while Whites are 56% for and 42% against. Differences were found among gender, too: 56% of polled men were for it while only 42% of women agreed.

Across the board, categories increased when the question was about medical marijuana with 77% in favor.

“Everyone is very certain how they feel about this,” said pollster Mark Baldassare. “They have very hardened attitudes on the topic.”

Previously: 46% Think Legalized Marijuana Won't Boost Economy, Per Recent Poll