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Marijuana legalization measure drew strongest support from young voters, Clinton backers, poll finds

A medical marijuana dispensary (Haven Daley / Associated Press)
A medical marijuana dispensary (Haven Daley / Associated Press)

The initiative that legalized recreational use of marijuana in California found its strongest support among those who voted for Hillary Clinton for president, African Americans and voters ages 18 to 29, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times post-election poll.

Proposition 64 passed with 56% of the overall vote, but was supported by 68% of Clinton supporters and Democratic voters while it was opposed by 59% of those who voted for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to the poll conducted by SurveyMonkey.

A breakdown of the vote by race found the ballot measure drew support from 64% of African American voters, 58% of whites and 56% of Latino voters.

Though marijuana legalization was supported by 66% of voters ages 18 to 29, backing from those ages 50 to 64 was weaker at 49%.

“It can't be denied that, like marriage equality and criminal justice reform, younger voters are more likely to be on board but that political pendulum is also swinging very fast in our direction and it's changing the hearts and minds of every age group,” said Jason Kinney, a spokesman for the Proposition 64 campaign.

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