By Steve Elliott
Nearly two-thirds -- 65 percent -- of Californians support the legalization, regulation and taxation of recreational marijuana in the state, according to a new Tulchin Research poll.
The poll, taken during the last two weeks with 1,200 likely 2016 voters, showed a "solid majority" back proposals to legalize adult recreational cannabis, according to the San Francisco-based pollster, reports Kathleen Miles at The Huffington Post.
The poll found 32 percent oppose pot legalization, and 3 percent are undecided.
The poll results were released during a Thursday news conference by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and American Civil Liberties Union representatives. Newsom and the ACLU announced the launch of a two-year research project on proposals to legalize recreational cannabis.
Newsom will head a panel of 16 experts, including academics, doctors and policy wonks, who will study the political and legal issues involved in legalization.
"This is about real people," Newsom said. "Communities are devastated because of this abject thing called the Drug War. Forget the politics; this is the right thing to do."
"But we need to answer the tough questions before we put it on the ballot," Newsom said. "I want the research in order to be more convincing to others."