Five states--Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada--will be voting this November on whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. And in four of those states, it's looking as though it's going to pass. Recent polls in Arizona, California, Maine, and Massachusetts show clear majorities of people planning to vote "yes" to legalize.
In Nevada, polls are much closer, with both sides of the issue polling at around 47 percent.
From The Hill:
California voters appear to be the most willing to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. The Public Policy Institute of California and the Field Poll both show 60 percent of state voters support Proposition 64, while just 36 percent and 31 percent, respectively, oppose legalization.
In Maine and Massachusetts, just about half of voters support ballot measures that would allow recreational use. A MassINC poll conducted for WBUR in early September showed 50 percent of Massachusetts voters support legalization, while 53 percent said they back Question 4 in a University of Massachusetts Amherst poll conducted for WBZ-TV.
Fifty-three percent of Mainers told University of New Hampshire pollsters they back Question 1, that state’s legalization measure. Only voters over the age of 65 oppose legalizing pot. Six in 10 Maine voters said they had tried marijuana at some point in their lives.
And in Arizona, 50 percent of voters said they support Proposition 205, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll conducted in early September. Private polling in the state shows the measure leading by narrower margins, however.
Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia. It is legal for medicinal purposes in roughly half of the United States.