Forty-one percent (41%) of likely U.S. voters think the United States should legalize and tax marijuana to help solve the nationâ€™s fiscal problems.
However, nearly half (49%) oppose this idea, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
These results show little difference from a survey conducted in February that asked Americans about legalization only. At that time, 40% said marijuana should be legalized, but 46% disagreed.
While little movement has been made on the federal level, cash-strapped states â€“ most notably California â€“ have taken the idea of legalizing and taxing the drug into consideration. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state assemblymen are calling for a discussion on the proposal as a means to not only increase tax revenue for the state but to free up large sums of money invested in the legal system as a result of the War on Drugs.
California voters are evenly divided on the issue. A recent survey found that 45% support legalizing and taxing marijuana to help solve the stateâ€™s financial problems, while 46% are opposed to the idea.
A novel idea that pot could help California’s budget problems but it legalization and taxation will not occur anytime soon. In the meantime, California is racking up some serious budget deficits.
So, if anyone thinks marijuana will help California with its government financing operations, they are just blowing smoke.
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