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Poll: 65 Percent Support Legalizing Marijuana In California In 2016

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California cannabisThe ACLU released a poll in which 65 percent of people expressed support for legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana in California in 2016. California is way overdue when it comes to marijuana legalization. For so many years I assumed that California would be the first to legalize marijuana statewide. Will California legalize in 2016? Below is the Executive Summary of the poll:

“The survey makes it clear that voters offer strong support for legalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services. Specifically, nearly two-thirds of voters (65 percent) support a proposal to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in California for adults. In fact, nearly half of voters (46 percent) strongly support a measure compared to less than a third of voters (32 percent, 27 percent strongly) who oppose it, with the remaining three percent undecided.”

The poll broke down poll results by area:

The Bay Area leads the way as nearly three quarters of voters in this region (73 percent) support this reform, followed by San Diego County (67 percent). There is also strong support in Los Angeles County (65 percent), the Central Valley (65 percent), the Sacramento Area and North (63 percent), LA Area (59 percent – consisting of the counties surrounding LA County) and the Inland Empire (58 percent).

Something that was significant was support among women (65 percent). Almost every poll I have seen prior to this one showed a majority of men supported marijuana legalization, but not women, and definitely 65 percent. That’s outstanding process. Will California be the third state to legalize when the 2016 Election rolls around? Or do you think that another state will step up before then, either through the legislative process or the 2014 Election?

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  1. The support from women has always been there, the (male?) pollsters just didn’t ask the questions correctly.

  2. Good points, but what they are afraid of is taxation and regulations but mostly is loss of profit, legalization will increase exporting to non medi states where they can get $4000 a pound vs $2000- $2500 they get in cali. I have lived in humboldt and I know how things work there. The only solution is full legalization in the us, and that will take decades.

  3. Reality Check point on

    Heres a better idea, just throw your money in the trash because believing and trusting an asshole scammer like this is a losing proposition.

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  5. Why do we have to wait until 2016
    CCHI2014 is the ticket, sign up and vote for CCHI2014. We have waited long enough!

  6. Growers shouldn’t fear legalization. It will be like the wine industry… small wineries that make their own unique product. If you grow a delicious and desirable product, you can compete with the “Gallo’s and Carlo Rossi’s” of the marijuana producers… and HEY ! GROWERS ! Grow certified ORGANIC pot and you’ll always have a market…. and don’t try to crush everyone’s skull with a product that’s TOO stoney… go for flavor, appearance and a fun, light, manageable high….

  7. excellent..I’m surprised to hear the support numbers for women.. that’s fantastic. Welcome aboard ! And please don’t forget to register to vote…Got a feeling we have a decent amount of (potential) support out there from moderate Republicans who find it so hard to support issues not endorsed by the Tea Party. Adding voter strength to job creation, tax revenue, and good old entrepreneurship is all good..
    Since Massachusetts is requiring potential Dispensary owners to show a net worth similar to those buying a McD’s franchise, they’re my dark horse to hit the legalization finish line first…Boston appears pro-green…money green as in revenues to be collected…

  8. Of course we can. By the time of the vote at the end of next year, support will probably have grown over 70 percent!

    With these numbers, it’s negligence not to make the fight in 2014. The environment could easily sour before 2016.

  9. Of course we can. By the time of the vote at the end of next year, support will probably have grown over 70 percent!

    With these numbers, it’s negligence not to make the fight in 2014. The environment could easily sour before 2016.

  10. If they had just voted against Prop 19, that could be forgiven. But no, they feverishly campaigned against it, convincing their un-witting customers to vote against their own self-interest to perpetuate the war against them.

    Once they did that, they became no different from any other drug gang.

    Consumers, be SURE where your dispensary stands on legalization. If they are against it, boycott them out of existence!

  11. If they had just voted against Prop 19, that could be forgiven. But no, they feverishly campaigned against it, convincing their un-witting customers to vote against their own self-interest to perpetuate the war against them.

    Once they did that, they became no different from any other drug gang.

    Consumers, be SURE where your dispensary stands on legalization. If they are against it, boycott them out of existence!

  12. Move to humboldt for a few years and work for some growers, it will change your mind about their motives

  13. 2 initiatives are already filed for signature gather for 2014. One is CCHI 2014, California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014. The other is The Marijuana Control, Legalization, and Revenue Act of 2014. Maybe we can have it next year.

  14. In my mind, I never pictured growers to be like ya’ll have described. I guess it’s just growers protecting their business interests. Businesses which have been around longer in California than any other state. I would hate to see that kind of attitude grow to other MMJ states. (shiver)

  15. I lived in cali in 2010 when prop 19 failed. Most growers are people that are motivated by greed instead of compassion. Its time for a change

  16. Hopefully California will be next to legalize it. I know some growers who last time voted No on prop 19 because of various reasons, including the fact that they thought cannabis prices & profit would drop, taxes on it would be too high, and new driving provisions would be too harsh. California needs to pass well thought out, detailed legislation that is bullet proof. Individual cities and counties can’t pick and choose weather or not to implement it. We can do this! I’m sick of people having to hide under the guise of medical Cannabis. Let’s legalize RECREATIONAL Cannabis in 2016!

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