Voters in Hawai'i are open to the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana, according to the results of an opinion poll commissioned by the Drug Policy Action Group.
The findings of the poll, conducted by QMark Research, were revealed during a press conference last week hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i.
The poll, taken between Nov. 19 and Dec. 4, 2012, measured voter attitudes toward marijuana and marijuana laws in Hawai'i.
Among its findings were: 78 percent support a dispensary system for medical marijuana; 69 percent think that jail time for marijuana offenses is inappropriate; and 57 percent favor legalized, taxed and regulated marijuana (20 percent higher than the last poll conducted in 2005).
Economists estimate that the state and counties stand to save and generate a combined estimate of $20 million per year through marijuana legalization.