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Public Opinion: California Support for Pot Legalization At 56% in New Poll

A SurveyUSA poll conducted this week for a consortium of California television stations showed majority support for marijuana legalization. An initiative that would do just that, Control and Tax Cannabis California 2019, will be on the ballot in November. The poll found that 56% of those surveyed responded affirmatively to the question, "Should the state of California legalize marijuana?" That's the same number as supported legalization in a Field poll a year ago this month. In this week's poll, only 42% answered negatively, with 3% undecided. People under 35 supported legalization by a margin of three-to-one (74%-25%), with support declining to 46% among the 35-to-49 age group, rising to 49% among the 50-64 group, then declining again to 39% among those 65 and older. Among all voters under age 50, support was at 61%, while among those over 50, it dropped to 46% The poll revealed a significant gender gap, with 65% of men supporting legalization, while a dramatically lower 46% of women supported it. That means legalization supporters will have to work to win over a key demographic. There was majority support for legalization among all ethnic groups except Hispanics, of whom only 45% wanted to free the weed. Support was highest among blacks (67%), followed by whites (59%), and Asians (58%). Somewhat surprisingly, there was majority support for legalization in all regions of the state, although only barely, except for the San Francisco Bay area, where support was at 65%. In Central California and the Inland Empire, support was at 54%, and in the Greater Los Angeles area, support was at 52%. The poll was conducted Tuesday and involved interviews with 500 adults across the state. It has a margin of sampling error of plus/minus 4.4%.
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Would you call the drug war a sexist policy?

"The poll revealed a significant gender gap, with 65% of men supporting legalization, while a dramatically lower 46% of women supported it."

It's mostly men getting arrested for marijuana by a 5 to 1 ratio. I would like to know why most women support this, because I know the male users don't outnumber them 5 to 1.

Since the arrests are most concentrated among the age 18 - 25 demographic, I also wonder if this is significantly impacting the number of men receiving college degree, because men are losing their financial aid in much greater numbers.

to a great degree, yes

the drug war has always been an excuse to arrest people who "look dangerous" (in other words, legalized profiling). women don't look dangerous, so they are not targeted, and thus not as aware of the injustices of the drug war. in fact, from the very beginning, drugs were made illegal so that "black men wouldn't rape white women", and things like that. It's ironic though, because if anyone is worried about a crazed man being overly aggressive towards women, they should be worried about alcohol. It's true that plenty of women smoke weed, but i think more men smoke than women, so a lot of women might not know enough about the effects of the drug. weed might make you horny, but it'll make you less aggressive in your approach. women should want guys to get stoned and not drunk. they'd be more desired and more respected at the same time.

Women use marijuana at nearly the same rates

Women use marijuana at nearly the same rates as men, so that doesn't explain why many more women support prohibition.

it's "The Children"

Women are moms, and moms are fretful; they're also more likely to prioritise their kids' safety over abstract human rights (or tend to interpret rights as legal protection from sundry of life's potential bumps and bruises) and are also even more conditioned than well--schooled males to unquestioningly obey authority figures and accept external direction without skepticism as they're still, in this day and age, conditioned to feel the need for a "protector".

So you're dealing with both social conditioning and a natural difference in priorities, so i think they need to be appealed to via the "prohibition gives children access to drugs and makes them join gangs" angle rather than the "what right do you have to do this?!" angle, cuz when it comes to their kids, they don't think you have rights. Troll an anti-smoking or gun-control blog and you'll see this mentality out in full force. Makes me ashamed of my gender, but it is what it is: some strong Nature and some really effed-up cultural nurture..

I'm starting to get fired up

I'm starting to get fired up for November! I hope someone is going to step up to the plate and fund this initiative. Where's George Soros when you need him?

November if the precedent can pass a bill with 56% opposed

November! if the precedent can pass a health care reform bill with 56% of the US opposed, can California pass a bill with 56% affirmative? or will the politicians vote what they think is best for us again

Lawrence Larsen

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