California: 60 Percent of Likely Voters Back Legalization

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 26, 2013

    Six out of ten likely California voters support making cannabis legal, according to survey data released yesterday by the Public Policy Institute of California. Sixty-eight percent of likely voters also believe that the US government should not enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states that have approved the plant’s use. The percentages are the highest ever reported by the polling firm in favor of allowing adults to possess and consume cannabis socially.

    Support for marijuana law reform fell slightly among all adults. Among all Californians, not just likely voters, 52 percent responded that “marijuana should be made legal,” and 61 percent believed that the federal government should not interfere with statewide marijuana laws.

    Men (57 percent), Democrats (64 percent), and Independents (60 percent) were more likely to express support for legalizing marijuana than were women (47 percent) or Republicans (45 percent). Caucasians (63 percent) and African Americans (61 percent) also expressed far greater support for legalization than did Asians (48 percent) or Latinos (36 percent).

    Pollsters surveyed 1,703 Californians, including 1,429 registered voters. The PPIC poll possesses a margin of error of between 3.7 percent.

    In recent months, polls in several other states — including Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma — have shown majority support for marijuana law reform, as have national polls.

    48 responses to “California: 60 Percent of Likely Voters Back Legalization”

    1. Evening Bud says:

      I had a feeling that Californians would recognize the mistake they made two years ago,and support legislation more eagerly this next time around. Having a legal state (Wash)nearby probably doesn’t hurt.

      Of course, two years ago the support for legalization in CA faded as the vote got nearer, thanks to the propaganda of the prohibitionists, the black-marketeers and other such ilk; however, somehow I don’t think that’ll happen this time around.

      In any case, once CA goes legal, with its huge economy, a major jolt of energy will have been injected into the cause.

    2. Mark says:

      So over and over again we see that the majority is in favor of legalization. Why then is this ridiculous government allowed to put people in jail for having something they want. I am getting tired of hearing about legalization with no change happening….or I guess I just am not got at patience. but really…enough already.

    3. Mark says:

      I meant I am not good with patience

    4. Brett says:

      I hope they’ll be number three. They should have been the first but propaganda was too strong at the time.

    5. Waylon Sims says:

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    6. Cleveland Green says:

      Polling is Power
      Power to the People
      People, polling is our Power

    7. Demonhype says:

      With the kind of ever-increasing majority support we have for legalizing marijuana (and, of course, correlating lack-of-support for the failed Drug War), if we can’t get this legalized within the next five to ten years across the board, it will be the surest indication that our country is for sure a bought-and-paid for commodity of the super-wealthy interests (most of which have profits tied into the Drug War and Prohibition II, either directly or indirectly through taxpayer-subsidized kickbacks and tax breaks for implementing suspicionless drug testing programs). If we cannot legalize, and soon, with these kinds of numbers and this kind of trend of increasing public support, it will be time to fight what has become a tyranny, because at that point it’s not even about marijuana anymore–it’s about our country having been irrevocably stolen from us by a minority of moneyed interests.


    8. phrtao says:

      I think californians feel they have missed out by not being the first State to legalise non-medical use of cannabis (after being the first to allow medical use). They are probably looking enviously at Washington and Colorado and thinking they should have had the prestige, media attention and (of course) the money. The same is true for Canada (BC especially), The Netherlands, Mexico and other places. The doubts Californians had when given the chance to be the first to legalise probably now seem quite silly and just serve to make them look a bit cowardly and backward thinking. NOT what you expect from California and not how they would like the world to see them.

    9. Miles says:

      Considering that most Californian’s believe that marijuana should be legal, I think it is time to replace the small-minded prohibitionist Melinda Haag as the DA! It is shameful how she has decided to bed down with the devil (the DEA) on this matter!

      Hasn’t she done enough harm during her tenure? I say her butt should be thrown to the sidewalk!

    10. Sean says:

      Sorry to be the skunk at the garden party, but this survey is not encouraging. According to the article, those supporting adult use legalization in California has dropped to 52%. This is in a state that supposedly has the best weed and in a supposedly progressive environment. In ruby red regressive ultraconservative Louisiana, 53% respondents of a recent survey support adult use legalization. I believe too many Californians have allowed themselves to be seduced by the black/grey market “all use is medical regime”. I often read opinions from Californians who just want to keep the status quo. With that kind of complacent thinking, it’s no wonder California is slipping behind. I’m not knocking California, I’m just saying that California should be much better and bigger than that. California is really missing out on many wonderful opportunities that adult use legalization has to offer, namely true cannabis freedom.