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Marijuana Measure Loses Support in California, Field Poll Says

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- A California ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use has lost popularity in the past month, according to the final statewide survey by the Field Poll before the Nov. 2 election.

Support for Proposition 19 has fallen to 42 percent of likely voters, with 49 percent against, according to the results of a Field Poll released today. Last month, those in favor outnumbered opponents 49 percent to 42 percent, the poll said.

The measure would allow people 21 years of age and older to grow and possess marijuana in small quantities for personal use, and would allow local governments to tax marijuana businesses.

Californians will consider propositions including an $18 per vehicle annual license fee to help maintain state parks and a plan for congressional districts to be drawn by a citizen commission rather than lawmakers.

Likely voters continued to oppose a proposition to suspend a state law requiring reduced greenhouse-gas emissions until California’s unemployment rate falls to at least 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters. The rate was at 12.4 percent in September. Thirty-three percent endorse Proposition 23, while 48 percent oppose it.

Voters supported a proposition allowing the state Legislature to approve a budget with a simple majority, instead of the current two-thirds. Forty-eight percent backed the measure, while 31 percent opposed it.

The survey of 1,092 people who had either already cast their ballot by mail or were likely to vote was conducted Oct. 14-26 and has a margin for error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alison Vekshin in San Francisco at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at

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