Poll: 55 Percent of Likely California Voters Say Marijuana Should Be Legal

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 26, 2015

    Fifty-five percent of likely California voters believe that “the use of marijuana should be legal,” according to the results of a statewide PPIC poll released yesterday.

    The percentage in favor of legalization is the highest level of support ever recorded in the statewide poll.

    African Americans (69 percent), Whites (64 percent), Democrats (63 percent), and Independents (57 percent) were most likely to express support for legalizing the plant’s use while Republicans (44 percent), Latinos (42 percent), and Asians (39 percent) were most likely to oppose the policy change.

    Among those respondents who acknowledges having tried cannabis, 74 percent supported legalization. Among respondents who had never tried cannabis, 63 percent favored keeping it illegal.

    The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percent.

    California is one of several states in 2016 where the issue of regulating marijuana is expected to be decided by ballot measure. The issue is also anticipated to be before voters next November in Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Nevada.

    In 2010, California voters rejected a ballot initiative that sought to permit the personal cultivation and commercial sale of cannabis by a vote of 46.5 percent to 53.5 percent.

    22 responses to “Poll: 55 Percent of Likely California Voters Say Marijuana Should Be Legal”

    1. Eric K. Johnson says:

      Why do you think there are so many violent Jail/Scared Straight/Prison “shows” on the Electronic Heroin Tube?…?… a very similar but technologically remote technique was employed by Slave “owners”…they convinced the humans they purchased, off the “Block”, to use/abuse as Beasts of Burden… that the Big SlaveMaster in the Sky was keeping a close eye on them…even when the Whip Crackin’ Overseer wasn’t in the cotton field.

    2. Eric K. Johnson says:

      Apologies to Julian…who is a talented poet!

    3. TheOracle says:

      I noticed on marijuana.com that some legalization states jumped on that lawsuit against Colorado on Colorado’s side.


      And, I was wondering what was going on in that Judge Mueller marijuana case. I read it was postponed again until April 15 or something. What is she waiting for? She should just clear the way for legalization rather than waiting to say if this latest CARERS federal legislation to get passed or see which way the wind is blowing.


    4. Bob Constantine says:

      @ E. Johnson

      The electronic heroin tube….priceless.

    5. Julian says:

      Judge Mueller done wrote
      Her summary note
      Before the trial began

      But most gotta vote
      Out the weed scapegoat
      For the Supreme Court to take a stand

      Mueller’s stretchin
      The time she’s fetchin
      For more states to stop the ban

      Cuz it could take that long
      To get it wrong
      When Congress done kicks the can!

      The Democrats are pullin
      The race card, foolin
      The nomination of Loretta Lynch

      While Congress is douchin
      All scared o prosecution
      When Holder deschedules a pinch

      Its like all three branches
      Of our marijuana ranches
      Are lookin for who to blame

      Cuz when the shit hits the fan
      Its in the fire from the pan
      America will never be the same

      So pull up a chair
      Hemp oil yer hair
      Things are fixin to get real good

      When light turns to day
      Many people run away
      And only the brave still stood

    6. Julian says:

      When “night” turns to day
      Many people run away.


      And apologies accepted Eric, although I don’t have a clue what for.

      @Oracle; Mueller’s response might leak out before April 15th. It’s a big game of Texas Hold’m and the stakes keep rising before one of three branches of our chicken-$#!+ government acts before the other. Either that or Congress is waiting for Colorado’$ tax report. 🙂
      At least we have a few brave souls like Judge Mueller, Senator Corey Booker and even Obama deserves much credit… Don ‘t give up on him, he’s amazingly hasn’t given up on Congress to at least attempt to do their job… Poor guy… I feel like telling him you can hope in one hand and $#!+ in the other and see which hand fills up first; just deschedule it already!
      I know, the suspense is killing me too, but fortunately there’s some vaporized treatment for that.

    7. Galileo Galilei says:


      “If they don’t work hard
      For a medical card
      Cali might think that they’re free

      But a dirty piss test
      And unjust arrest
      Is a place called misery

      Until we realize
      We should legalize
      Its still called prohibition

      So catcha bus or a boat
      N Get out and vote
      Cuz until then we aint done”

      These sound like rap lyrics to me. Dope ones, too!

    8. Eric K. Jhonson says:

      And apologies accepted Eric, although I don’t have a clue what for. – Julian

      I made an attempt at a poem that Norml did not choose to publish.

      I am not a poet , but you are!…just don’t criticize Norml or your poems won’t see the light of day…hey, it’s their blog…they can run it like they choose…I can start my own organization?

    9. Eric K. Johnson says:

      @ E. Johnson

      The electronic heroin tube….priceless.- Bob Constantine

      I wish I could claim that clever description, Bob…but it was originally stated by the late ethnobotanist / entheogen researcher Terence McKenna in his classic work ” Food of the Gods”.

    10. @galileo says:

      That ‘s funny you hear rap… Good rhythm and lyrics transcend style, but for the record I was actually thinking of a Hank III song called, “The Grand ol Opry aint so grand anymore.” Country. Rap. Go figure. As long as we keep Kid Rock out of this, my lyrics are always open souce, as well as patent 6630507 should be. 🙂

      I also want to go on record that the president descheduling alone, as big a deal as that is, cant fix this evil called prohibition by himself. Another president could reverse his executive decision. Congress could use his decision as more ammunition to block legislation if he acts before the medical bill, despite their trailing polls or the pathetic Republican law suit of Oklahoma and Nebraska against the most popular drug policy on earth in Colorado…( Hey, by the way, good luck with that guys. Sue the marijuana party. Great idea. See you on the campaign trail… Or maybe not…)
      The real hesitation from both Congress and the president on descheduling awaits Judge Mueller’s decision, pending April 15th. Senators like mine, Cornyn, rely on federal decisions like a 2001 ruling that actually states marijuana is not medicine. For a federal judge to hear evidence that challenges the scheduling of marijuana is monumental and very exiting to wait for. I hope the reason we havn’t seen a blog from Armentano for a while is because he’s been busy writing summaries for our NORML lawyers Heather Burke and Zenia Gilg. What great lawyers we have at NORML!
      I wonder how the government is covering up their witness who admitted medical efficacy of cannabis on a federal stand just to sell some marinol propaganda? What are they going to say? “He took too much marinol. He was in a hallucinogenic state of atrophy and could not have realized he was under oath, much less that he admitted marijuana was medicine.”
      Aaaaah… The hubris of the Big Tragic Pharma hero will soon meet his climactic downfall… Just to sell some marinol?!!!
      (This just in… %99 of all medical marijuana patients say marinol SUCKS, and is in no way better than herbal marijuana whether smoked or vaporized… Discuss amongst yourselves…)

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