Poll: Arizonans favor recreational pot measure by wide margin

By Jeremy Duda  | Arizona Mirror

If a proposed citizen initiative to legalize recreational marijuana makes it onto the ballot, it appears likely to cruise to an easy victory, according to a new poll that showed overwhelming support across party lines.

The live-caller poll by the lobbying and consulting firm HighGround showed 65% of respondents saying they’d vote in favor of the measure, with just 25% saying they’d oppose it. The most strident opinions are also in favor of the measure: 47% said they would definitely vote yes compared to 19% who said they would definitely vote against it. 

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Only about 9% said they didn’t know how they would vote or refused to answer.

Respondents were provided with a detailed description of the Smart and Safe Arizona Act. The pollster informed respondents that recreational marijuana would be taxed at 16%, with revenue being used to fund community colleges, public safety, public health programs and infrastructure. It also emphasized that the measure would prohibit the sale of marijuana-based candy that looks like children’s candy, such as gummy bears and gummy worms.

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