An altered state

Marijuana in California: A battle about hypocrisy, money and Mexican cartels
The Economist (UK)
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Proposition 19 has a chance of winning mainly because Californians have become rather relaxed about weed. Back in 1972 a proposition to legalise the drug was defeated almost two-to-one. These days, fully half of Californians tell pollsters they favour legalisation, and almost as many admit to having smoked marijuana themselves, which probably means that a big majority have actually done so.