Polling data indicates strong support for cannabis legalization ballot measures in Arizona and Montana, despite a weak showing of enthusiasm from Republicans in both states. In all, voters in five states will see initiatives to legalize the use of marijuana on their ballots for the general election in November.
In Arizona, the results of a poll from OH Predictive Insights show that 55% of likely voters support Proposition 207, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, while 37% oppose the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The poll showed the strongest support among Democrats, with 79% in favor of the measure, while 72% of independents also said they would vote for the initiative. In contrast, only 23% of Republicans said that they would vote for Prop. 207.
Last week, the editorial board for the state’s largest newspaper, the Arizona Republic, endorsed the initiative, which would also establish and regulate the recreational cannabis industry and expunge some convictions for past marijuana offenses. That support was followed by an endorsement from the state’s second-largest newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star. The paper’s editorial board noted that nationally, the federal prohibition of marijuana “has reigned supreme for decades.”
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