By Ray Stern
An increased number of Arizona voters support the 2010 Medical Marijuana Act, and most would vote to end marijuana prohibition, a new poll shows.
The poll of 600 Arizonan residents was conducted on January 9 and 10 by Public Policy Polling on behalf of the National Cannabis Industry Association.
The number 59 keeps coming up in the poll. That's the percentage of Arizonans who either strongly support, or just plain support:
* The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.
* Ending prohibition and making marijuana legal for adults to use.
* A hypothetical future ballot proposition in Arizona that would aim to regulate marijuana like alcohol, making it legal for those 21 and over to use and buy in government-regulated shops.
The nearly 60 percent of Arizona voters supporting the law and overall legalization represent a growing trend in the country toward the elimination of pot prohibition laws. In November, Colorado and Washington voters approved regulating marijuana like alcohol.
In the election of 2010, more than 841,000 Arizona voters said "yes" to Proposition 203, but nearly as many as said "no." The initiative passed by 4,341 votes.
The poll shows that support for the 2010 law has apparently increased, despite criticism of the medical-marijuana program by opponents.
The marijuana debate is still polarizing, with most respondents said they "strongly" supported or opposed the ideas.