Communities Brace for Pot Legalization

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California’s Secretary of State certified a ballot measure to legalize pot in California, according to the Chronicle. If the measure passes in November, as some polls suggest it will, California will become the first state to legalize marijuana beyond medical usage.

A Field Poll taken last April found that 56 percent of voters backed the idea of legalization and taxation of marijuana. According to an October 2009 Gallup Poll, 44 percent of Americans were in favor of making marijuana legal while 54 percent opposed it. That same month, the Justice Department announced that it would relax prosecution of medical marijuana users in fourteen states, including California.