Medical pot OK, state poll shows
June 4, 2012
Californians continue to lend strong support to the use of medical marijuana by patients with severe or life-threatening disease, but do not now endorse legalization of the plant, a new poll suggests. (Los Angeles Times)
Results of a USC Dornside/Los Angeles Times probe found that 80 percent of registered voters queried think physician-supported use of cannabis by patients is acceptable. But only 46 percent support use by the general population, and 50 percent oppose such recreation use — and express those feelings much more strongly.
The survey’s findings were not particularly different from the results of California’s Prop. 19 in 2010, when the matter was placed before voters in an initiative.
Federal law enforcement officials have been particularly active under the Obama Administration in busting medical marijuana dispensaries, often using property seizure threats against landlords as an incentive to shutter the establishments.