"Well, I think it's not time for (legalization), but I think it's time for a debate," Schwarzenegger said. "I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I'm always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries?"A Field poll released April 30 showed 56 percent of Californians (out of 901 polled) supporting the legalization and taxation of marijuana as a budget fix (margin of error +/-3.4 percent). Marijuana was less popular than other measures but more popular than Schwarzenegger and the state legislature combined, according to a May 1 poll by the same firm. In addition to the budget, pot legalization enjoys another political condition that has led to some support in California: the Mexican drug war.
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