California: Most Voters Say Legalizing Marijuana Was a “Good Thing”

Berkeley, CA: Nearly seven out of ten registered voters in California believe that the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized the adult use and retail sale of cannabis, was a "good thing," according to polling data compiled by the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents endorsed the law, while only 30 percent said that it was a "bad thing." Those respondents between the ages of 30 and 39 (81 percent), between the ages of 18 and 29 (79 percent), and self-identified Democrats (78 percent) expressed the greatest degree of support for the law. By contrast, 50 percent of Republicans defined the law as a "bad thing."

Proposition 64 was passed by voters in 2016 by a vote of 56 percent to 44 percent.

Sixty-three percent of respondents also said that they favored allowing retail marijuana stores to operate in their community. That result is largely in contrast with local laws, as the majority of California’s cities and counties prohibit commercial marijuana activities.

Pollsters surveyed over 4,500 registered voters. The poll possesses a margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500, or visit California NORML.