ARIZONA: Arizona voters may be ready to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington residents and make marijuana use by anyone legal.
A new statewide poll shows 51 percent of those asked said the drug, now authorized for those with a medical need, should be made available to all, compared with 41 percent opposed.
Jim Haynes, president of the Behavior Research Center, said the numbers are little short of a sea change in public opinion.
He said that while this is his first statewide poll on the question, a 1974 national survey found legalization opposed by a margin of close to 3-1. Now nationwide numbers pretty much track what was found here, with 54 percent in support.
Some of this may be an increasing acceptance of what was once considered by many to be a dangerous drug.