55% Say Legalize Marijuana in New California Field Poll

California's Field Poll is reporting majority support for marijuana legalization in the Golden State. The poll had support for generic marijuana legalization at 55% and, somewhat surprisingly, support for an actual initiative at 56%.

The Field Poll is in line with other recent polls showing California majorities in favor of legalization. A September Public Policy Institute of California poll had 60% of registered voters favoring legalization and an October Tulchin poll had support for legalization at 65% among likely voters.

In addition to the generic marijuana legalization question, the Field Poll asked specifically about the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative of 2014 (CCHI), which would legalize all uses of marijuana and hemp for adults 21 and over. Support for that perennial and perennially under-funded initiative was at 56% statewide, reaching 70% in the San Francisco Bay area.

The CCHI won more support from Democrats (65%) and independents (62%) than Republicans (39%), and more support men (58%) than women (55%). Support was more likely among whites (60%) and blacks (55%) than among Latinos (46%) and more likely among young voters (64% for the 18-to-49 age group) than people in their 50s (50%) or over 65 (47%).

The CCHI isn't the only initiative out there. Two more are at the state attorney general's office awaiting approval to begin signature-gathering, including one filed last week by the Drug Policy Alliance, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Marijuana Act. But Field didn't ask about them.

The Field Poll, which has been tracking California voter attitudes since 1947, illustrates a dramatic shift on marijuana policy. In 1969, the first year the poll asked the question, only 13% supported legalization. By 1980, that number had climbed to 30%, and by 2010, it had reached 50%. Now, it's up another five points in the past three years.

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13%

The 13% of voters indicate how good Government anti-marijuana propaganda was.

Fortunately as everybody knows now it was nothing but a lie to make it illegal and to demonize the real reason

The Hemp Plant.

Luckily through their incredibly bad business acumen and pure greed.

Capitalism is now bankrupt.

& It's time for the Game Keeper be the Poacher.

Free The Weed

13%

The 13% of voters indicate how good Government anti-marijuana propaganda was.

Fortunately as everybody knows now it was nothing but a lie to make it illegal and to demonize the real reason

The Hemp Plant.

Luckily through their incredibly bad business acumen and pure greed.

Capitalism is now bankrupt.

& It's time for the Game Keeper be the Poacher.

Free The Weed

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