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Record Support For Marijuana Legalization In California According To New Poll

vote for california marijuana initiativesCalifornia is the crown jewel for the marijuana reform movement. Marijuana legalization is way, way overdue in California. California voters saw marijuana legalization on the ballot for the first time in 2010. Proposition 19 failed. Attempts in 2012 and 2014 fell short because there were too many campaigns working against each other, and none of them received national funding, which is vital to the success of any marijuana reform campaign. Activists and organizations have their eyes on 2016 as the year that California finally joins the other states and Washington D.C. that have legalized recreational marijuana.

According to a new poll, there is record setting support for marijuana legalization in California. Per SF Gate:

A record-high 54 percent of California residents support ending cannabis prohibition, a June 3 poll from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) finds.

Among likely California voters, that number rises to 56 percent, PPIC finds, lending momentum to efforts to legalize the botanical in the 2016 general election.

California cannabis legalization polls worse among Latinos, women, conservatives, and seniors.

While this is the highest poll result I’ve seen for marijuana legalization support in California, it’s not the first one that I’ve seen with majority support. I do think that at face value, a majority of Californians support marijuana legalization. However, the question becomes ‘what form of marijuana legalization?’ The devil is going to be in the details in California. Each provision of an initiative can result in a net gain or net loss in voter support. There needs to be polling conducted on the initiatives that are currently out there, as well as a couple of other versions of an initiative. The one that polls the best should get the support of everyone working towards achieving legalization,especially national funders. That’s the only way that California is going to legalize in 2016 in my opinion.

  • MrPC

    It’s confusing that seniors don’t support legalization, especially in California. What the heck were they doing in the 60’s?

    • Hippie bashing.

      • MrPC

        Well, shame on them. They were idiots then, and they’re still idiots.

    • Denny

      Serving in the military!

      • I served in the 60s. I have been anti-Prohibition since ’66.

      • MrPC

        Right. Not one single US soldier in Vietnam ever smoked reefer while he was there. Or hashish. Or opium.

  • OrCoastTheo

    Even if Californians get behind an initiative, can their legislature monkey with it like ours is?

  • To be assured of winning the support shown in the polls needs to be +3% outside the margin of error (MOE). If the MOE is 4% then support needs to be at 57%.

  • Julie Bryant

    anyone know what’s up with this?

  • BainDramage

    The rising support in the polls is great news. Let’s hope the momentum continues through November 2016.

    Legalization needs to address the following:

    1. Reasonable possession limits.

    2. Legalized free transfers from one person to another (gifting).

    3. The inalienable right to grow a certain number of plants without interference or regulations from local jurisdictions (Counties and Cities cannot ban or restrict a property owner’s or renter’s right to grow a certain number of plants for personal use).

    4. Workplace safeguards covering both employer and employee (you can be fired for showing up for work under the influence, but you cannot be fired on Monday for smoking a joint Saturday night).

    5. Medically reasonable DUI testing that do NOT test for metabolites, but rather for THC levels in the blood (as of today blood tests for THC levels are the only accurate measure – but this will change).

    6. A ceiling on taxes (both state and local) so that state and local authorities cannot impose taxes that effectively create or further enrich the black market.

    7. Medical cannabis should be sold tax-free to those who possess a physician recommendation.

    8. State and local authorities cannot impose rules for dispensaries that are more prohibitive than those in place for the sale of alcohol. Zoning ordinances for cannabis sales should parallel those for alcohol sales.

    9. The rules governing the consumption of cannabis cannot be more restrictive than the rules governing the consumption of alcohol. If it is legal to consume alcohol at a certain place/time then it shall be concurrently legal to consume cannabis at the same place/time.

    10. A provision that requires law enforcement to compensate those who have had cannabis confiscated but who have NOT been convicted of a cannabis-related crime as a result of that confiscation. Translation: If the cops take your cannabis but that confiscation does not result in a conviction – you get compensated (in cash) full-value street price for the cannabis.

    These provisions should exist in any state initiative for 2016.

    • Apparition

      Strongly disagree on #5.

      Any public policy proposal which allows the possibility of involuntary blood draws is unreasonable and over the line!

      I would work against such a proposal.

      • BainDramage

        I understand your objection, but it’s not a choice – there’s nothing to work against, because it is already state law.
        Driving is a privilege, not a right. Subtended to that privilege is the implied consent that if you are arrested for DUI, you have (in advance) provided consent to a chemical test of your blood, breath, or urine. By virtue of obtaining the privilege to drive (i.e., getting your drivers license), you consent in advance to the test(s).
        This is codified in California Vehicle Code section 23612.
        My point in #5 is that the test should be for active levels of THC (an indication of intoxication, albeit an imperfect one) rather than for metabolites (which can remain long after the effects of THC have long gone).
        What we should all advocate for are the implementation of laws that treat people fairly.

        • Apparition

          **My point in #5 is that the test should be for active levels of THC**

          I’ll accept that in theory.

          But in practice, involuntary blood draws are completely unacceptable.

          That’s why the Founding Fathers affirmed our Second Amendment Right – in order to keep unbridled statists and their overbearing policies in their place.

  • familyguy

    GO CA! Join the revolution LEGALIZE…USA….USA!…USA!!!

  • Swdoc Dvmee

    Who’s building support for this? Who do I have to donate money to?

    • superhaze420

      Well right now ReformCA is holding legalization roundtable meetings all across the state to gather input from California citizens, MMJ patients, growers, and others for a 2016 initiative that will work for California and California’s longstanding outdoor cultivation industry. They also want to protect prop 215 rights and MMJ as well. Their last roundtable meeting is in the bay area on June 16th, so we’ll probably get to view their initiative soon. I think they have the best chance since they’re working with national organizations like MPP, DPA, and NORML. But there’s also CCHI, MCLR, and California Craft Cannabis Initiative.

      • BainDramage

        That’s a great list. Those are all terrific organizations that deserve our support.
        If everyone who wants to see legalization become a reality donated (even a small amount) to ReformCA, DPA, MPP and NORML we would lock in a victory for California in 2016.
        LEAP is another fine organization that has done a great job of breaking down the barriers to those who are traditionally opposed to making cannabis legal.
        It takes money – a LOT of it – to run an effective campaign, and I guarantee you that the Law Enforcement community along with the League of California Cities will throw everything they have against efforts to legalize the possession and use of cannabis.

        • Ted Mishler

          I don’t believe throwing money is the way.
          I believe imprisoning the true criminals will be the only real way to motivate the high treasonous criminals in office to stop their insane war on all of us

          What good are they?
          If we have a cancerous growth, we have it removed, or use cannabis oil to stop the cancer, we do not throw money at it

  • Karen Ferguson

    Sigh of relief.

  • I’d like to connect with folks who can help us pick up the pace in NY. The Governor is granting five licenses and there are more than 40 companies who applied…

  • familyguy

    new york city as in the pace salsa commercials. lite a fire in the governors ass. but if we look at previous successful legalization models, is to go vote and vote for candidates that agree with your points of view. unsuccessful efforts are in NH and mass. where the majority of the people support legalization yet there are politicians such as state ag maura healey and cindy coffman that reject the majorities will. take up the amendment put it on the ballot and vote for it and for public servants that support it. HAPPY VOTING