California marijuana legalization support down

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A new Field Poll released Friday says that Californians are actually now against the passage of Proposition 19 — the legalization of marijuana in the state — by a margin of 48 percent to 44 percent. This after a poll last year that reported support of legalization at 56 percent.

"This number is not good," says Allen St. Pierre, spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, to SF Weekly. "It certainly didn't warm the cockles of my heart to see 44. When it comes to fund-raising, if you don't have a '5' in your number ... that's not good."

The poll found that Prop. 19 has strong support in the nine counties that make up the Bay Area — voters here favor the measure by a margin of 53 percent to 38 percent — and that voters in Los Angeles County are evenly divided on it. Elsewhere in the state, the measure trails by six to 18 points.

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