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Record Level of Californians Support Regulating Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 27, 2013

    According to survey data released this week by The Field Poll, a record number of Californians now support legalizing and regulating marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.

    The poll, conducted February 5-17 among 834 registered California voters, found that 54% support making the use of marijuana legal, with age and other controls like those that apply to alcohol, only 43% were opposed. This is the highest level of support for legalization since The Field Poll began asking the question. In their 2010 poll, only 50% of California voters supported legalization and 46% were opposed.

    This survey also found that an overwhelming 72% of Californians support the state’s medical marijuana program and 52% favor allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to open in their town.

    California narrowly rejected Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana in 2010, but clearly public opinion has continued to move in our favor since then. It is reasonable to expect that by 2016, when many believe there will be another voter initiative to legalize marijuana, support will have reached the critical mass required to approve of such a measure.

    You can view the full poll results here.

    23 Responses to “Record Level of Californians Support Regulating Marijuana”

    1. Madd Matt says:

      This is a joke, we all know the cash croppers in Cali will never give up their source of income. Sick people be damned, maybe you could be a legit farmer, yeah right.

    2. Danielle says:

      I wish my state was that close to legalizing. Dumb Illinois -_-

    3. Jack says:

      2016? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

    4. St. Nick says:

      There are still people in opposition with this?! WTF! Government tools who don’t know what it’s like to have an actual great time. If the government told you that jumping off a bridge would be a good way to make you shorter, would they listen? We’re allowed to own guns but feeling good is illegal?… hmmm… People love pot, … certain North American countries need money$. We want to enjoy our lives! Not dread them…

    5. just askin says:

      How can only 52% favor medical marijuana dispensaries, when 54% want it legalized like alcohol?

    6. Joel: the other Joel says:

      When people having their own opinions about it, they start agreeing for legalization.

    7. Galileo Galilei says:

      I realize this comment is off topic, but the March issue of ‘Scientific American’ references a NIDA funded study showing that a growing number of teens don’t believe marijuana is bad for them. The scientist heading the study suggests the growing acceptance ‘may well have resulted from the widespread endorsement of medical marijuana’. I believe this notion has been debunked by studies already. True or false?

      A second study says people ‘diagnosed with marijuana dependence as teens and adults suffer declines of IQ between the ages of 13 and 38′. This is one more study I cannot corroborate with my own experience. I’m 63, and my IQ recently tested EXACTLY the same as it tested when I was in kindergarten.

      Of course, at no point is this teen acceptance of marijuana taken as evidence for a need to regulate.

    8. Chuck S says:

      Of course they are now. As all the dispenseries are closed by the Feds, they now feel for the rest of us. It will not be over until it is legal for all.

    9. Anonymous says:

      Seems the recent legalization in Colorado and Washington woke up a few Californians. They’re starting to figure out that what’s good for the few–the black marketeers–isn’t necessarily good for the many.

    10. Brian says:

      for the people that dident know i think we need these drug cartels to keep sending messages to obama saying stop legalizing marijuana so we dont lose are profits thats so awsome keep that up will have marijuana legal here in no time thank you whos ever cartel did that keep up the good work so its less work for us

    11. John McClane says:

      And that’s the way the cookie crumbles! How did Scarface not wake people up? Come on sheeple, what country is this? Bah Bah

    12. ron says:

      my beleifs are that marijuana causes more a threat being illegal. we tax payers are supporting the overcrowded jails and prisons. instead lets get these people back into the workforce before ssa and irs close shop. there are more people out of the workforce than in. why? because they’re serving time on marijuana charges. who benefits, the drug pushers, who pays, us tax payers. for over 50 yrs. gov’t has fought the war on marijuana, where exactually are you on this costly war?. Thank you and i’m proud to have served my country. army veteran.

    13. Nathaniel says:

      The real issue is regulation/taxation is being fought on two fronts. Both the black market and folks like my parents are railing against the idea.
      Even after I have laid out all of the fiscal reasons why regulation/taxation are a good thing, my folks are still leery about supporting the idea. IDK where that puts regulation in Cali and additionally in Oregon. The black market runs the show here and most of the black market growers are content to continue getting free food stamps, the rest of us pay for, and spending tax free money: until they get caught then we, the tax payer, pony up again for their unnecessary incarceration and litigation costs. Our wallets are getting hit on two times.
      Common sense, regarding issues of this nature, is no longer common.

    14. -Ken says:

      Marijuana is more than just medicine.
      Its a religious rite!

      Our country was founded on freedoms that allow for the pursuit of happiness.

      We want to be happy, we want to be free, we want a clear perspective on life.

      LEGALIZE IT NOW!!!

    15. Sam says:

      MJ should be legal in my state(FL) around 2099 thanks to the large amounts of ‘Super Christians’ who would like nothing better than to be the last state to cross over.

    16. Knighthawk says:

      “How can only 52% favor medical marijuana dispensaries, when 54% want it legalized like alcohol?”

      Because the result quoted in this blog post summary is wrong.

      The question was:
      “Would you favor or oppose allowing marijuana
      dispensaries to operate in your city or town”

      Of which 58% actually were in favor (overall), not 52% as Erik posted, as the linked field poll pdf says 58%, probably just a typo as 52% was the number for “Other Southern California”. [table 5]

      Now the right question along the same line is why do 4% more people support a dispensary in their locality then want it regulated like alcohol. My anwser to that (besides statistical polling noise) would be some level of that 4% don’t either don’t want some of the restrictions\limitiations that “like alcohol” implies or more likely a small percentage support it but want it more restricted then “like alcohol” implies – ie separate dispensaries – really it’s just mostly noise in how the question was interpreted.

    17. tk says:

      can these poll results be interpreted as a lack of democracy?

    18. Ed says:

      At least the comments here are just as dumb as the comments everywhere else… good to know.

    19. Michael S. says:

      Nor Cal grower leave out the middle man F the clubs at $4,000 pd. Grower to smoker: That’s not the black market. You Walmart lovers. Peace Out!

    20. Nathaniel says:

      @Michael S.
      That is fine you are growing to smoke, and there should be a provision in the legislation for self growers/smokers so it is free for you to grow, but the fact remains you are a limited sampling of the growing community.
      Most growers sell their products on the open black market, thus creating all of the aforementioned issues. Regulation and taxation are the only way to legitimize recreational marijuana usage. Anything other than formal reg/tax construct allows the dangerous criminal contingent (organized crime/cartels) to continue funding their operations of terror.
      Socially, economically, and morally it is time to end marijuana prohibition.

    21. john holman says:

      California is looking pretty stupid now that C0 and WA have legalized. Everyone knows its the people making $ in the medical community who held it up for Cali and the rest of the nation, thanks guys.

    22. HooterJack says:

      It is my opinion that no state should legalize unless it allows for personal grows. Seems to me that the gov’t is rushing through legislation in some states that will put the growing in the hands of commercial entities only, such as Washington State. Its legal there but you cannot grow it. Colorado, on the other hand allows you to grow. Big business wants to be the only grower so they can keep screwing us. I’m that close to moving to Colorado.

    23. Sean says:

      As long Caliofrrnia has stoners, dispenseries, growers, and black marketeers that shoot down legalization initiatives like they did with prop 19, I will take my money elsewhereto places like Colorado or Washington. Why would I buy from a California stoner against legalization thug who couldn’t care less that I go to jail anyways?

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