California's marijuana-legalization ballot initiative, Proposition 19, is trailing badly, according to a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll, which found likely voters opposing the measure 51 percent to 39 percent. Top candidates for statewide office have opposed the measure. As the Times/USC poll was being conducted last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration would "vigorously enforce" federal narcotics laws, even if the measure passes, and "is considering all available legal and policy options." The poll, a joint effort by the Los Angeles Times and USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, found the measure favored by Democrats and independents but overwhelmingly opposed by Republicans. Men were split, and women were leaning against it. Lack of advertising about Prop 19 is also being blamed for the results. Legalizing marijuana is a sticky issue for those on both sides. It will be interesting to see if all of the effort that has gone into legalizing marijuana goes up in smoke.
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