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Poll: Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization In California


vote for california marijuana initiativesThere are no less than four efforts underway to try to legalize marijuana in California in 2016. California voted on marijuana legalization in 2010. Proposition 19 failed to pass in 2010 by a vote of 53.5% ‘no’ to 46.5% ‘yes’. There were no votes on marijuana legalization in California in 2012 or 2014 due to a lack of national funding support and fractured efforts within California. The 2016 efforts got a boost yesterday when a poll was released which found that support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high in California. Per Smell the Truth:

PPIC reports that 55 percent of likely California voters want to replace marijuana prohibition — which has failed — with a system that taxes, and regulates the state’s multi-billion cannabis industry.

Several groups are working to place the issue on the ballot in 2016, and “support for legalization is at its highest point since PPIC began asking this question in May 2010,” the group states.

“Today, 53 percent of residents say marijuana should be legal and 45 percent say it should not. Slim majorities supported legalization in October 2014 (51%) and September 2013 (52%). Among likely voters, 55 percent favor legalization. About three-quarters of adults (74%) who have tried marijuana say it should be legal, while only a third (35%) who have never tried it favor legalization.”

I have seen other polls that show majority support for marijuana legalization in California. I think it’s clear that Californians want legalization. However, the question is ‘what form of legalization?’ Getting everyone on the same page in California is going to be crucial to achieving reform there. While a majority agrees that prohibition should end, once details start getting presented, the percentages go down. With four different efforts, the chances of marijuana legalization passing in California get worse. For the sake of reform, I hope everyone in California pools together their resources and works together.


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  1. The only reason that weed is not legal is due to several factors, first, the pharmaceutical companies can’t profit or place a patent on a natural growing plant. The legistlator make considerable profits from lobbyist from the tobacco and alcohol industries as well as the pharmaceutical companies to keep it illegal. The FDA , DEA and AMA refuse to make it legal because each would stand to lose credibility by a lose of their respective budgets.There are thousands of credible documentation that weed has medicinal applications. The DEA would have to publicly admit that the drug wwar has failed ,The AMA ,which in itself is an archaic agency refuses to admit that weed used medicinally has no contraindications medicinally, unlike all prescription medications on the market.They threaten to pull any physician’s license who prescribe weed for medical conditions for which it obviously eases or in some cases alleviates many medical conditions entirely
    Finally, there is not one person who has overdosed or died as a result of using weed.

  2. The reason for numbers being almost on par with Texas is there is no multimillion $$ market in Texas. So it’s a black and white issue.

    Where in California many many people are already invested in growing. This means any regulation would make things worse for freedom lovers.

    Texas, where 12% of pop smoke, and 57% want legalization.

    California, where 75% smoke, and only 55% want legalization.

    Maybe not statistically accurate, but you get the jist.

  3. So correct. Funny doctors will treat patients using a method called shot-gunning. Using several drugs or antbiotic trying to treat infections or diseases. They will usually point to one as to be the one that worked . When in many cases it’s the cocktail, not a single element of the mix that had the effect. If cannabis having 435 in it’s chemical make up, yes only 66 are unique to cannabis. There is so many variables. Not just in presents but many variables of amounts to the make up. Increasing or decreasing one or more of the 435 chemicals in combinations, has thousands of viable possibilities. Most doctors try to point to just 1 chemical and ignore the other 434. When there are thousands of drugs only few have 1 chemical as there component.

  4. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Obviously, Steve, you don’t live in the repressive state of New York–home to the nation’s harshest anti-drug laws, where most voters actually believe the officials’ hype and keep electing staunch anti-cannabis leaders like NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He and large groups of tyrants in the NY State Senate are blocking legislative moves toward full legalization, citing the same old “gateway drug” nonsense as their main reason. It’s a f*&^%# nightmare here, bro, where medical cannabis patients cannot legally obtain the flowers of these amazing plants; nor can individuals who aspire to work in the cannabis industry find any fulfillment whatsoever of their goals. The ‘land of opportunity’ is DEAD, thanks to the Powers That Be.

  5. One problem is the number of medical journal articles about research that fails to find cannabis effective for various conditions. On a superficial scan of such literature, the medical cannabis positions seem weak.

    But that’s deceptive when the studies approach cannabis as if it were a single-molecule pharmaceutical drug with very consistent dose effects across people.

    Such experiments fail to take into account the huge varianility in response to different dosages & different strains. Using cannabis medicinally is a much more active, engaged process than taking prescription pills. The patient has to take time to find which strains work best for them, what amounts, how to take it (smoke, vaporize, eat, topical), when & how often.

    Each patient has to work this out for themselves. A research project, OTOH, will give every participant the exact same amount, same strain, same mode of consumption, of cannabis. The intention is to minimize variables, which works for regular single-molecule pharmaceuticals, but gives very deceptive results with cannabis. Deceptively negative, vs what you’d see if the experimental group taking cannabis first were given time & help determining the best strain & way to consume it for their individual, unique constitution.

    mode of consumption

  6. It’s because the polls are not real. The PTB make the numbers up to persuade the masses. The real numbers are about 85-90% in favor.

  7. Only 53% support in California?? That cant be good. Prop 19 was polling higher than that a month before the 2010 election and it lost.

  8. I’m still shocked by the number of Americans that oppose legalization. How can anyone still support criminalizing marijuana use?

  9. Superstorm420 on

    I think that this four way competition situation is being over exaggerated. The California Artisan Cannabis Initiative said on their Facebook page that they disagree with the article that said legalization in California is already a four way tussle, and that they support a unified legalization effort. I’m pretty sure MCLR does as well, and ReformCA is trying to get everyone to work together on a unified effort. I’m pretty sure the only group that hasn’t indicated support for a unified effort is CCHI.

  10. Only 53% of Californians support legalization?
    That’s about the same level of support polls show in Texas.
    I would have expected a higher percentage in California.

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