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Sixty Percent Of Likely California Voters Support Marijuana Legalization


vote for california marijuana initiativesBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

A majority of likely California voters say that they intend to vote ‘yes’ this November for an initiative to regulate the retail production and sale of marijuana by adults, according to the results of a Probolsky Research poll released today.

Sixty percent of respondents say that they will vote in favor of an initiative this November “that would legalize marijuana for recreational use under California law and allow government to tax” its retail sales. Thirty-seven percent said that they would vote ‘no.’

Support was strongest among those between the ages of 18 to 34 (80 percent) and self-identified Democrats (69 percent). Republicans (38 percent) and those over the age of 65 (46 percent) were least likely to express support.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which is expected to appear on the November ballot, permits adults to legally grow (up to six plants) and possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to eight grams of concentrate) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. The measure prohibits localities from taking actions to infringe upon adults’ ability to possession and cultivate cannabis for non-commercial purposes. Both the California Medical Association and the state chapter of the NAACP have endorsed the measure.

On February 20, a majority of the NORML Board of Directors endorsed the AUMA, along with separate initiatives that are anticipated to appear on the November 2016 ballot in Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Arizona, as well as medical use initiatives expected to appear on the ballot in Missouri and Florida.

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  1. saynotohypocrisy on

    Do you expect much opposition to AUMA among reformers? If this site is any indication, AUMA is going to be a lot less controversial among reformers that the Ohio initiative was last year.
    I’m more worried about whether the Michigan MILegalize initiative makes the ballot, and whether the medical marijuana initiatives in Ohio, Missouri and Arkansas make the ballot. I think AUMA is pretty close to being in the bag.

  2. Cannabis is the most useful plant on the planet; food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. It has been mankinds companion and helpmate since the beginning. Any law against it is a crime against humanity, creation and the Creator.

  3. Great news, and a sterling recommendation. – Paul Armentano has long been a great pillar of NORML and one of the greatest minds of marijuana reform.

    You can’t get a clearer sign it is time to unite behind AUMA.

  4. It’s actually gone up, the last poll they did for marijuana legalization in California was back in June of last year, and that one showed 55% support. When that one was released, PPIC said that was a record level of support for that polling agency. This one was conducted by the probolsky research polling agency, so it’s a different agency from the last poll released, but I didn’t see how big the sample size for the poll was. I kind of think that support is higher than 60% and that a bigger sample size would show more support.

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