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For California, Young Voters Give Marijuana Measure a Tremendous Edge

California appears poised to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, with a strong majority favoring Proposition 64 ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

A new statewide poll shows 58% of likely voters support Proposition 64 and 37% oppose it. The number who said they don’t know how they will vote dropped from 8% last month to 4% in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released this week.

Next week’s decision comes six years after a similar initiative was rejected by 53.5% of California’s voters.

“The electorate has gotten younger and more demographically diverse,” said Dan Schnur, director of the poll and of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. “The change over the last six years has been more cultural than political. Society feels differently about marijuana legalization now than it did then.” [Read more at Los Angeles Times]

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