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Pot legalization isn't the crazy, fringe idea it used to be. Anyone with a pulse can sense that. And the traction being gained by Washington's

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Survey: 56 Percent of 'Likely Voters' Favor Legalizing Pot; Meanwhile King County Council Chair Larry Gossett Endorses I-502

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Pot legalization isn't the crazy, fringe idea it used to be. Anyone with a pulse can sense that. And the traction being gained by Washington's I-502 only backs it up. Now a recent nationwide poll does too.

Rasmussen Reports conducted a telephone survey on May 12 of 1,000 "Likely Voters" across the country. According to results of the survey (which carries a sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points) 56 percent of respondents favor legalizing and regulating pot much like the way alcohol and tobacco are currently regulated. Only 36 percent of respondents opposed such legalization and regulation.

In March Rasmussen ran a similar poll in which 1,000 adults were asked if they supported legalizing and taxing marijuana to help solve the country's economic troubles In that survey, 47 percent of respondents supported the legalization and taxation of pot.

As Seattle Times reporter Jonathan Martin points out on Twitter, the results of this latest Rasmussen Reports poll would seem to bode well for the fate of I-502 come November.

For those out of the loop on the march toward marijuana legalization, I-502 is the initiative that proposes legalizing, taxing, and selling marijuana in state-run state-licensed stores that's set to appear on ballots this election season. It has drawn support from the likes of former U.S. Attorney John McKay, former SPD Chief Norm Stamper, and the former head of the FBI's Seattle field division, while rankling the feathers of some medical marijuana supporters and groups like Sensible Washington, which favors the legalization of pot but questions a provision in the initiative that would treat pot smokers like drunks and set a THC blood limit similar to the .08 BAC for alcohol, as well as harboring worries that the federal government will preempt the law.

Speaking of I-502, King County Council Chair Larry Gossett officially endorsed the ballot initiative today in news distributed by New Approach Washington.

"As a nation, we can no longer afford to ignore the reality that the criminalization of marijuana has been a costly failure," Gossett says in the press release. "The State of Washington should take the lead in establishing a new, public health approach that will better serve our communities."

Gossett also questioned racial disparities in current marijuana law enforcement, saying: "The uncomfortable truth is that people with brown and black skin are more likely than their white counterparts to wind up with a marijuana conviction that will limit their educational and employment opportunities. ... These inequalities also exacerbate tensions between our police officers and the communities they serve."

Previously on Daily Weekly: Prince of Pot Marc Emery Endorses I-502, Says Initiative's Critics Are 'Jealous'

Previously on Daily Weekly: Norm Stamper: I-502 Politics 'A Modern Version of Reefer Madness'

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