Poll shows California voters favor legalizing pot

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A marijuana user smokes from a bong during a 420 Day celebration on 'Hippie Hill' in Golden Gate Park April 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

A new poll shows California voters generally favor legalization of marijuana.

The Los Angeles Times-University of Southern California poll shows 49 percent support a November ballot measure that would allow the growing and consumption of pot, but only a third of them say they "somewhat" favor the measure.

Forty-one percent oppose the measure, most of them saying they believe it will worsen social problems.

One in 10 of those surveyed are undecided.

The survey of about 1,500 registered voters was conducted May 19-26 by the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and the Republican firm American Viewpoint. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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