San Francisco, CA: A majority of Californians say "the use of marijuana should be legal," according to statewide survey data provided by the Public Policy Institute of California.
Fifty-nine percent of men and 50 percent of females support legalization. Support was highest among African Americans (78 percent), those respondents ages 18 to 34 (66 percent), Caucasians (65 percent), and those with a household income above $80,000 per year (63 percent). Support was lowest among Latinos (40 percent) and those over the age of 65 (49 percent).
California voters in November will decide on the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which 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.
NORML has endorsed the AUMA, along with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu and Dana Rohrabacher, the California Council of Land Trusts, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, the California Cannabis Industry Association, the California Medical Association, and the California NAACP.
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.