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Poll: 55 Percent Of Likely California Voters Want Marijuana To Be Legal


california marijuanaBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Fifty-five percent of likely California voters believe that “the use of marijuana should be legal,” according to the results of a statewide PPIC poll released yesterday.

The percentage in favor of legalization is the highest level of support ever recorded in the statewide poll.

African Americans (69 percent), Whites (64 percent), Democrats (63 percent), and Independents (57 percent) were most likely to express support for legalizing the plant’s use while Republicans (44 percent), Latinos (42 percent), and Asians (39 percent) were most likely to oppose the policy change.

Among those respondents who acknowledges having tried cannabis, 74 percent supported legalization. Among respondents who had never tried cannabis, 63 percent favored keeping it illegal.

The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percent.

California is one of several states in 2016 where the issue of regulating marijuana is expected to be decided by ballot measure. The issue is also anticipated to be before voters next November in Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Nevada.

In 2010, California voters rejected a ballot initiative that sought to permit the personal cultivation and commercial sale of cannabis by a vote of 46.5 percent to 53.5 percent.

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  1. Despite measure 91 passing with multiple references to keeping the med marijuana program intact, legislators are doing their utmost to change the law we the people voted for.
    It does piss me off when a citizen created movement gets off the ground, gets on to the ballot, is voted for as written, and then gets trampled on.
    The corruption of the greedy never ceases to amaze me.

  2. Seems to me there should be a 2-pronged effort, depending on the age of the voter. Young voters are already sold on the message. They need to be targeted for turnout. Older voters are not sold on the message, but they will have a high turnout rate. They have to be targeted for persuasion on the merits of the issue.

  3. Superstorm420 on

    I have a feeling that they’ll try to get it passed as a proposed amendment to California’s constitution and include protection for prop 215 in the amendment. If they passed it as a ballot initiative, they could try to gut it and mess with the medical program like they’re doing with measure 91 up in Oregon. An amendment is much harder to mess with and the required number of signatures to get a proposed amendment on the ballot is lower now because of the record low voter turnout in California’s 2014 election. I’ve read that it’ll probably cost about 20 million to run a good campaign without significant opposition since California is such a big state. The price tag is even higher with an opposition campaign.

  4. I wonder how much money it is going to take to get this bill passed. More importantly I want to know how they plan to keep the medical program intact while also allowing for recreational to exist. Even measure 91 is seeing sever opposition now that it is in committee and there are a wealth of bills intended to bring about radical changes to 91 even though it isn’t fully finished being discussed.

  5. Superstorm420 on

    That’s why they need to run a good and strong campaign in California next year that will encourage people to get out and vote, just like they did with Oregon’s legalization campaign. More people vote in presidential elections than midterm elections too, so that’s probably part of the reason why prop 19 failed too.

  6. Uh huh thats about what they said last .timeHalf lthe state couldn’t get off thier lazy ass and vote

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