09.13.2016
policy

All California Says It Will Vote for Legal Marijuana

According to 1,879 surveyed Californians, that is.

A recent poll suggests that if California voters have anything to do with it, recreational weed will be legal in that state as early as this November. California’s Proposition 64 initiative on the general ballot would legalize production, distribution, and retail sales of adult-use cannabis throughout the state. If responses from 1,879 registered voters surveyed by USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times pollsters between September 1 and September 8 are a true indication of the electorate’s attitudes, expect the pro-weed measure to pass by a 58 percent margin.

The last time Californians voted on recreational cannabis, with 2010’s Proposition 19, a 53.5 percent majority voted crime-free weed down. The pro-pot shift in 2016 is powered by the 67 percent of young people aged 18 to 24 who plan to vote for the lit life.

From the L.A. Times:

“It’s very clear that Californians’ attitudes have changed dramatically on this issue over the last several years,” said Dan Schnur, director of the poll and of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.
“The opposition is going to have to identify a fairly sizable source of campaign funding if this initiative is to be close.”

It’s telling that poll director Schnur pins the hopes for the anti-pot crusade on money and not on facts or messaging. Legal recreational weed, according to Schnur and associates, has been seen as a general success in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington State. Potential tax revenues are attractive to many voters, and the notion of freeing up police to pursue real crime rather than bungling petty pot infractions makes sense to the majority of men, women, whites, blacks, Latinos, and 47 percent of Asian Americans.

Although 56 percent of polled Republicans plan to just say no to Proposition 64, the measure is a winner with 63 percent of people making less then $50,000 a year and 57 percent of people making more than $100,000 a year,

One opponent, a 63-year-old Imperial Beach building official, questions the wide impact of cannabis availability: “It’s just another means to not be a productive part of society. If you are stoned all the time, how can you be productive?”

Good point.

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