Record Level of Californians Support Regulating Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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