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. 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?

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

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