Poll: Two-Thirds Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales Of Marijuana To Adults

Legalize marijuanaApproximately two in three California voters support the establishment of a state-regulated retail market for the sale of marijuana to adults, according to polling data compiled by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sixty-four percent of respondents agree, “Marijuana should be legal for adults to purchase and use recreationally, with government regulations similar to the regulation of alcohol.”

Support is strongest among those between the ages 18 to 24 (75 percent), Democrats (74 percent), African Americans (72 percent), those between the ages of 25 to 34 (71 percent), and Latino voters (69 percent). Among voters over 65 years of age, 58 percent back legalization.

The polling data bodes well for the passage of California’s Proposition 64 this November. The statewide initiative permit 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 possess and cultivate cannabis for non-commercial purposes. The initiative language specifies that it is not intended to “repeal, affect, restrict, or preempt … laws pertaining to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.” Proposition 64 is endorsed by the ACLU of California, the California Democratic Party, the California Medical Association, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California NAACP, the Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and NORML.

Voters in Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will similarly decide on adult use measures in November. Voters in Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Montana, and North Dakota are expected to also decide on medical use measures this fall.

A summary of 2016 statewide ballot measures and their status is online here.

17 thoughts

  1. Do pre and exit polls and take regular screen shots of the count as results are posted and be prepared to challenge when the result looks suspicious.

  2. Hopefully we will secure the entire West Coast and more this November! We badly need California….

      1. I totally agree. I’m not prepared yet to say that it will be a game-changer, but I do believe it will be a huge boost to our cause. I mean the whole west coast!!!

  3. truly hoping CAL is the tipping point for other states that are gutless………like Iowa for example

  4. Ok, so it appears as though AUMA is going to pass in California; (applause) …even the population over 65 is like “screw the meds, and the feds; I’m retiring high.”

    The growing double standard between state and federal governments on marijuana law is stretched out to thin threads with bad makeup, and no, I’m not just talking about whatever that girl was wearing that was posing for selfies that caught Malaya Obama smoking a joint at Lalapalooza;


    I’ts not surprising the President gave his daughter “the talk” during the same week the DEA refused to reschedule, or that people still don’t get that Congress, not the President or the courts will reform marijuana law through the pressure we are building from state legislatures… What amazes me is the reaction from the general public and social media to Malaya getting busted was either “everybody does that at 18,” or “throw her in jail.” (Or both).
    So a young affluent black woman gets the white treatment after getting busted smoking weed, and suddenly everyone is out of the weed closet and admits they smoked weed when they were 18, with calls for an “American right of passage.” Is this what it took for the truth to come out? Not an anonymous poll, nor Colorado’s legalization, not even 45 years of an unjustified drug war, just the President’s black daughter all on YouTube smokin a joint?
    We have crossed a new threshold of perception about ourselves as a pot-smoking nation; Apparently we are not a nation compromised of mostly non-consumers of cannabis that look down on smoking weed but are just tired of the drug war. In fact we are made up mostly of people who smoked weed at a concert when they were 18, lie about it at the polls, live a double standard on what we tell our kids and parents and its the minority of us who go on to pursue Congress to do something about it. Thank you Malaya, I didn’t see that till now.

  5. Hey, look at it this way; if sending his daughters the message that smoking weed is ok was all the was holding President Obama back from shutting down the DEA aint nothin holdin you back now Barry! Cut their operations and turn the DEA into a registration office! Call’m the Drug Education Agency! Use the money for public education! Were not telling you to make an executive action that will end up in court, just, y’know, send a few more o those memos down to the DOJ and let us all get a puff o that Lalapalooza with no jail time for once… All those f’d up treaties will still be there for you to circumvent international law, just stop feeding the mass-murdering druglords greens from here to the Philippines and get on with it; you only got a few months left! Malaia’s already learned how to roll a spliff in one hand by now! $#!+!

  6. Another positive development for the passage of AUMA in California is the bipartisan shift to reduce prison populations;


    …is having an effect on the traditional Prison Guard Lobby that threw money into stopping California’s last attempt at legalization.

    Now if only the federal government would do something about the deplorable state of overcrowded federal immigration facilities;


    Then the money will really start to dry up. California started the reform of overcrowding in state incarceration, but it’s not clear how much that effected the reduction of campaigns against marijuana legalization by the Prison Guard Lobby.
    As of now, the greater prohibitionist and casino-money-laundering tycoon Sheldon Adelson has been financing efforts to stop prop 64, but he is spread thin by efforts to legalize in his home state of Nevada and a stronger campaign to legalize medically in Florida, where he was previously successful in stopping full legalization by projecting commercial fear propaganda to the older voting population. (Not gonna work in California, though, is it ol Addle-bated Sheldon?)

  7. This article from MerryJane counts 5.5 million from Adelson dumped into Mel Sembler from DrugFree Florida;


    The reporting by Ben Adams appears mystified at why Adelson is backing prohibition in Florida but not Project SAM’s efforts in California; One answer is already highlighted in the polls of this blog; A majority of older more reliable voters +65 are already for legalization, while in Florida those numbers are lower, though not as much for medicinal marijuana.
    Also, who do you think goes to those Vegas casinos to smoke weed? Florida is a large consumer base for Adelson’s casinos.
    One irony that should be pointed out from this article is regardless of whether Adelson forks over the $100million he pledged to Donald Trump, his mere endorsement should affect voting in Florida where many Republicans support the legalization of medical marijuana.

  8. For convenience, I have summarized the NORML Congressional Scorecard for California; check it out:

    California Scorecard:
    Dianne Feinstein (D): “D”
    Barbara Boxer (D): “C”

    Doug LaMalfa (R): “F”
    Jared Huffman (D): “A”
    John Garamendi (D): “B”
    Tom McClintock (R): “B”
    Mike Thompson (D): “B”
    Doris Matsui (D): “B”
    Ami Bera (D): “B”
    Paul Cook (R): “D”
    Jerry McNerney (D): “B”
    Jeff Denham (R): “F”
    Mark DeSaulnier (D): “B”
    Nancy Pelosi (D): “B”
    Barbara Lee (D): “A”
    Jackie Speier (D): “B”
    Eric Swalwell (D): “A”
    Jim Costa (D): “B”
    Mike Honda (D): “A”
    Anna Eshoo (D): “B”
    Zoe Lofgren (D): “B”
    Sam Farr (D): “B”
    David Valadao (R): “D”
    Devin Nunes (R): “D”
    Kevin McCarthy (R): “D”
    Lois Capps (D): “B”
    Steve Knight (R): “D”
    Julia Brownley (D): “B”
    Judy Chu (D): “B”
    Adam Schiff (D): “B”
    Tony Cardenas (D): “B”
    Brad Sherman (D): “B”
    Pete Aguilar (D): “B”
    Grace Napolitano (D): “B”
    Ted Lieu (D): “A”
    Xavier Becerra (D): “B”
    Norma Torres (D): “B”
    Raul Ruiz (D): “B”
    Karen Bass (D): ? no grade?
    Linda Sanchez (D): “B”
    Ed Royce (R): “D”
    Lucille Roybal-Allard (D): “C”
    Mark Takano (D): “B”
    Ken Calvert (R): “C”
    Maxine Waters (D): “B”
    Janice Hahn (D): “B”
    Mimi Walters (R): “D”
    Loretta Sanchez (D): “B”
    Alan Lowenthal (D): “A”
    Dana Rohrabacher (R): “A”
    Darrell Issa (R): “D”
    Duncan D. Hunter (R): “B”
    Juan Vargas (D): “B”
    Scott Peters (D): “B”
    Susan Davis (D): “B”

    For details, go to:

  9. Just in case there was any doubt from Tim Canova that his prohibitionist opponent Debbie Washmoney Shultz is linked to Big Food which is linked to stopping Florida’s medical marijuana legalization, sign the following petition;


    Florida’s biggest grocery chain, Publix, donated nearly $1million dollars to stop Florida’s medical marijuana legalization.

    Ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? What kind of cheap processed poisons could Big Food be protecting from a legally regulated marijuana market?

  10. Just a quick question (sorry if I missed this somewhere).
    What will happen regarding moving cannabis over state lines when it is legal in 2 neighbouring states – both on a personal and commercial level ?
    Will there be any policing of such a state boundary when it is seems a bit pointless ?

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