Marijuana Legalization Poll: California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Pot Reform

Marijuana Legalization Poll: California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Pot Reform

  • Monterey Girl
  • February 27, 2013
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Well there it is. Californians support marijuana legalization by the lofty margin of 11% - with 54 % saying "Yea" and 43 % saying nay. The problem with that seemingly beautiful percentage gap…is that we've been down this road before. Only to be turned back by fear and greed. 

By Peter Hecht  - California voters favor legalizing pot for recreational use, strongly support the existence of medical marijuana dispensaries and want the feds to butt out of the California cannabis business.

In a California Field Poll released today, voters -- by a 54 to 43 percent margin -- say they want California to legalize marijuana beyond medical use with regulations similar to alcohol.

In the state with America's largest medical marijuana industry, the poll found that 67 percent of voters oppose an ongoing crackdown by the state's four U.S. attorneys on businesses selling pot for medicinal use.

The statewide poll was conducted little more than three months after voters in Washington and Colorado each passed measures to legalize marijuana as a mere pleasurable pursuit -- upping the stakes in America's marijuana debate.

The poll results indicate continued strong support for medical marijuana as the state Supreme Court is deliberating on whether scores of California cities and counties can ban marijuana dispensaries.

Meanwhile, California voters across party lines seem to be taking issue with federal threats, raids and prosecutions involving medical marijuana businesses.

The state's four U.S. attorneys have brought criminal cases against some medical marijuana providers and growers and sent letters threatening seizures of properties of others.

While all marijuana use is illegal under federal law, U.S. prosecutors assert California's medicinal cannabis industries have been "hijacked by profiteers" violating both state and federal laws.

In the poll of registered voters in early February, 68 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of independents said they oppose the federal crackdown.

Source -Huffington Post

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