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Poll shows shift in opinions about legalization of pot in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. - Two years ago the Marquette Law School asked registered voters in Wisconsin their opinion on the legalization of marijuana.  That poll asked, "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"  The results of that poll showed 51 percent were not in favor of legalizing marijuana and 46 percent were in favor.

This month they again polled voters asking, "When it comes to marijuana, some people think that the drug should be fully legalized and regulated like alcohol.  Do you agree or disagree with that view?"  This time 59 percent said they agreed and 39 percent were opposed to legalization.

"I think people in Wisconsin are very aware of what is happening around the country," says Gary Storck with Madison NORML.

Currently four states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.  This November five additional states, including California, will vote on legalizing recreational use.  Polls in California show 60 percent support for legalization.

Storck hopes the poll showing 59 percent support for legalization in Wisconsin is noticed by lawmakers.

"Well this is an election year so I think that it puts the onus on candidates to defend their position if they oppose legalization.  I mean we've reached 59 percent.  As far as I know this is the high water level for legalization in Wisconsin."

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