Poll: Majority of Californians Still Support Legal Marijuana

California voters may have rejected Proposition 19 last week, but a poll released after the election shows that a majority of California voters still believe marijuana should be legal in principle, and that our current laws do more harm than good.

The poll from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that:

  • 50 percent of California voters believe the use of marijuana should be made legal, regardless of their feelings on Prop. 19.
  • 52 percent of voters believe our marijuana laws do more harm than good, agreeing that, “Like alcohol prohibition, laws against marijuana do more harm than good.” Only 37 percent disagreed with this statement.
  • 31 percent of people who voted “no” on Prop. 19 believe marijuana should be legal, and agreed to the statement, “I believe marijuana should be legalized or penalties for marijuana should be reduced, but I opposed some of the specifics of Proposition 19.”
  • 44 percent of voters believe legalization is inevitable, including 25 percent who voted against Prop. 19.

The survey’s most striking find is that if youth voters had turned out last week in the numbers they typically do during a presidential election year, Proposition 19 would have been statistically tied, with 49 percent voting yes to 51 voting no. That statistic and others reinforces our belief that a different measure to end marijuana prohibition would be well poised for victory in 2012 in a state like California or Colorado.

And if that isn’t enough to convince people that the movement to make marijuana legal is exponentially gaining strength, not losing it, consider this: In last week’s California election, Republican Meg Whitman spent an unprecedented $160 million on her campaign to become governor, and she lost, receiving only 3.1 million votes, or about 41 percent overall. The Proposition 19 campaign, on the other hand, spent only about $4 million, and Prop. 19 received 3.4 million votes (or 46 percent) – beating Whitman handily.

With solid funding, a healthy turnout by young voters, and a coalition of allies that is now larger and stronger because of the Prop. 19 campaign, there is every reason to believe we can be victorious in another two years. Don’t give up hope.

34 thoughts on “Poll: Majority of Californians Still Support Legal Marijuana”

  1. We can win this. This yewar saw a large conservative backlash to the election of our first black president, and the usual low midterm turnout numbers for incumbents. The fact that these initiatives did so well in what was by all accounts a strong year for conservatives just shows how widespread and bipartisan support really is for ending prohibition.

    Still, this isn’t gonna happen without liberals, it just can’t, and it didn’t help the cause or the party that EVERY democratic candidate in the state came out against the initiative. If Dems let consrvatives take this issue away from them, they can look forward to another 30 years of minority party status.

  2. we need national reform now! but if we have to wait how about a national ballod inititive? it would pass then, between the farmers that want hemp and the people that want to smoke, vape, or eat it!

  3. The majority of Californians stayed home or voted no.

    Anything that bypasses the status quo and affords full out legalization YESTERDAY is fine and fair game in my book. The people should all be able to vote on this issue today and then have done with it. Legal by tomorrow and our financial woes disappear in 30 days.

  4. While last Tuesday was definitely a downer, it nonetheless was an important advance for our movement. I went to my first rally in 1975. I’m not one to start blaming anyone for a defeat.

    Rather, we need to look at what worked and — yes! — at what went wrong. It’s no one person’s, no one position, no one state, and no one’s fault but everyone’s not done enough yet.

    Mike,
    Thanks so much for the great pick-me-up. It’s just a few examples of all the good things that brought us this far.

    It is becoming a very national movement, but it needs everyone’s help. Stay strong and Hasta la victoria siempre!

  5. So many ppl in Cali are in the marijuana trade…you think they will risk loosing thier brand, money, and media? Cali is the wrong place for this fight, take it to alaska!

    As far as i’m concerned everyone one of these ppl that voted NO on something they know should have been a YES, are as big to blame for the problem, as any of the dems or repubs that have thier heads so far up thier bottoms are. screw you cali

  6. here is the whole reason Prop 19 didn’t pass and why similar props could pass in other states. All the cannabis clubs, the medical providers connected to cannabis, and the patients that have following with the clubs voted no. plan and simple. If they voted yes there medical buisness would have crashed due to free market.

    why could a prop to legalize pass in another state or federal, other than oregon, pass? Because they wouldn’t have the swing vote of the medical cannabis industry to interfere. The medical cannabis industry is multibillion dollar cash cow for california connected people. other states aren’t effected by this variable.
    Why could another state other than Oregon pass a legalize prop, because they don’t have people currently making the kind of money that our medical cannabis industry is making. It is multibillion dollar industry even right now.

  7. Well if you Californians think it should be legal…THEN WHY THE HELL ISNT IT?

    I’ll tel you why, three reasons. 1) Greed 2) Power 3) Corruption.

    So how many of you fine Californians fell into one of these/or all of these catagories.

    Dont get me wrong, I think a MAJORITY of you voted yes, just the election polls didnt reflect that.

    Its just sickening.

  8. This is a response to poster “JJ”:

    What a perfect example of how NOT to make an argument, JJ. You yell at us, you insult us, you criticize us, you insist that YOU know the right way to do it and that we are all a bunch of fails.

    You just try this sort of politicking, and you will soon realize how useless it is. You cannot convince people to vote in a certain way by yelling at them and calling them names!

    I have no doubt that if you were in charge of the Prop19 campaign, it would have failed by an even greater margin than it did!

    SO just shut up, ok?

  9. So in other words majority of Californians want the marijuana legal, had the chance to make it legal, but didnt because the language of the initiative didnt work well for everybody. PATHETIC. SELFISH. NEARSIGHTED.
    I don’t know of a single law in this country that every single person is happy with.
    Reality is, Californians didn’t care about the rest of the states or the world for that matter and how passing of Prop19 could have been the tipping point. They only saw what works for them and what didnt work for them.
    The way it seems to me, Californians took a major shit on everybody.
    So yes, give me some more good news how Californians set an example of greed and corruption.

    Let’s move on, Cali made their choice. I’m not supporting any more propositions or making any more donations unless it’s happening in my state. This election proved a simple good old saying “if you want something done, you got to do it yourself”

    Free The Weed. Free The People. Join the fight NY.

  10. of course thats what its going to say to string people along for another 2 years ,itt never ends,
    If people wanted it legalized they would have voted instead of sitting on their asses on the 2nd.

  11. DWS,
    so ur fearless leader can do it to u but someone that actually bleeds and is willing to die next to u cant tell u that california can kiss off?

    personally, I will keep my thoughts the way they were. I live in the real world where marijuana (any amount) is punishable to 5 yrs in jail and a 5000 fine, 1st offense.

    Californians, u now have decriminalized laws. Why, no, HOW, can u bitch? I understand that any form of prohibition is bad, but think about something guys, most stoners in this country would give a leg to visit Amsterdam, and guess what, ITS not LEGAL. Its decriminalized. U know, the thing Obama PROMISED.

    Last, but by far the least, You say I can or shouldn’t yell? Why? Cuz its gonna piss people off? I dont give a shit. I live free and work hard, pay my taxes, and I have to work with 4 herniated discs in my back that sometimes leave me paralized for 3-4 days at a time.
    I voted for Mr. President Obama. I wanted his change. I am PISSED that he can lie to a COUNTRY and not get anything in retaliation. I am more pissed that ANY state, whether its Cali or Rhode Island, when people talk shit but dont back it up.

    Legalization in Cali was for more than Californians could ever imagined. But, guess we have only 2 more yrs til Gary Johnson can be voted in.

  12. if anyone cares in iowa the board of pharmacy is recommending again to reschedule marijuana and is drafting a bill that will be sent off to legistalors to look at funny again! and do nothing with.

  13. MPP. Spend your resources in Colorado. That’s were it’s going to happen. Appears Cali likes what they have now. We need real change in the Midwest. Illinois has terribly harsh laws . Over 2.5 grams is one yr in jail. Over 28 is a felony. Spend your money in a state that needs reform. N

  14. Curious? What’s 1.6 million times $100?

    OF COURSE. Who needs legalisation right? So if police are unfairly targeting people of colour for Marijuana arrest, how many more arrests will there be?

    Police in California are going to be chomping at the bit to
    detain and cite as many Californians as possible.

    Yes, the new law allows an officer to choose NOT to issue the citation.

    But we know that won’t happen. You will see COUNTLESS people
    being ticketed for possessing nothing more than 1 gram of Marijuana.

    You see, this new law will just cause police to focus EVEN MORE
    limited resources harassing otherwise law abiding citizens.

    GREAT JOB CALIFORNIA.

    YEAH RIGHT!!!!!

  15. Vote Gary Johnson 2012
    That is the absolute common sense guy for the usa that’s the only way to make the people with a president to bring common sense back

  16. I believe the California vote was rigged. With black-box electronic voting machines now they can have any result they want.

  17. It’s going to take more than California’s vote to make Marijuana legal, decriminalized maybe… but legal no. The United States has an agreement with several Countries against legalization of pot, including Amsterdam which is in the Netherlands (old Holland). They have only decriminalized it. At best, that is what to strive for.

  18. One of the main reasons prop 19 failed was due to Diane Feinstein’s writing of the argument against it in the booklet. She is a big name and she brought a lot of credibility to the opposition. I’ll never vote for her again, but that is beside the point. Combined with the lack of support from folks running for the big positions (Boxer & Brown), is seemed as though the entire political establishment was against the bill.

    I hope that next time this goes on the ballot that our side can secure the endorsements of some big-name politicians. I hope that by including someone like Brown or Boxer (neither of whom will have their hands tied by a relection bid) in the drafting of the prop, they can endorse it. I don’t think we’ll ever be taken seriously, otherwise.

  19. Hey HMS
    Take your head out of your rump. Backlash from conservatives due to a black president?? Please. I have turned conservative due to what the deems have become. I have been a smoker for the last 25 years. I hope to God it passes nation wide. The reason there is a backlash is not because he’s black you knucklehead…it’s because he just plain sucks and intent on destroying us. Wake f….ing up..

  20. I keep hearing that the majority of people are pro marijuana,yet the prop failed in Cali & is hanging by a thread in Az.Why?How? who voted.What happen to the consensus.I can’t grasp the fact that most blogs & polls show overwhelming support for legalization and yet the votes were 50/50 .I wonder why.
    I myself think it should be legal to grow & use .as far as DUI’s those who will drive will drive regardless of the laws or the impact (pun intended)

  21. I live in CA and voted for Prop. 19, but until just a few days before the election I didn’t even know it was on the ballot. Prop. 19 was extremely well and clearly written [both the arguments and the text of the law itself], and compelling. I think you all did a great job.

    What’s needed is more general awareness and public discussion to get people comfortable with changing the status quo, and of course to come right back with it on every ballot until it’s passed. This proposition went a long way toward that. There are a lot of people like me who blew dope in their 20s, but gave it up because of paranoia and escalating gang/cartel violence, and just don’t think much about the situation. The failure of Prop. 19 led me to research the issue and to Herer’s book, which has left me pissed-off. I had had no idea that hemp was used for anything but rope and dope, and as a farmer interested in oil and seed crops, not being allowed to grow it really makes me mad. [And if I smoke a joint while hoeing my garden, all the better!]

    The story of the banning of hemp would make a thriller of a movie; Hearst, DuPont, racism, and the rise and fall of industries. If you could get that movie made…

  22. re; So in other words majority of Californians want the marijuana legal, had the chance to make it legal, but didnt because the language of the initiative didnt work well for everybody. PATHETIC. SELFISH. NEARSIGHTED.

    prop 19 failed, because it was TOO RESTRICTIVE, it was “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”, actually making 18-20 yr. olds, be at greater risk of arrest.
    -it did not really legalize, it ‘corperatised’, it would end small mom-and-pop grows. ($200K for a licence to grow to sell)
    -it would give away WAY too much, in order to achive very little, (a WHOLE OUNCE, wow) WHILE INSURING PRICES STAY SKY-HIGH.

    amd even JACK HERER WAS 100% AGAINST IT.

  23. in reply to jon ganj-ovi:

    The full text of Prop. 19 can be found at http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Text_of_Proposition_19,_the_%22Regulate,_Control_and_Tax_Cannabis_Act_of_2010%22_(California)

    There was no $$ amount specified for licenses to sell cannabis, it only says that local governments may put a regulatory structure in place. And it would have allowed a 25 square foot plot for personal consumption, and the right to keep all those plants and use them on the premises. The 1 ounce limit only applied to material you would have bought from someone else, and was basically to prohibit resale to ensure that the state gets its cut.

    I agree this initiative didn’t go far enough, but it would have been a good start. If we had agreed to stop arresting people it would have been wonderful.

  24. re; There was no $$ amount specified for licenses to sell cannabis, it only says that local governments may put a regulatory structure in place.

    there was NO LIMIT. at least one place DID decide on over $200K, $211K, per year, i believe.

    re; And it would have allowed a 25 square foot plot for personal consumption.

    there was NO LIMIT. one place DID decide on a $50 per ft. FEE for that 25 square foot plot for personal consumption, per year. ($1250)
    many smokers don’t smoke $1250 worth in a year, so no savings there.

    re; to prohibit resale to ensure that the state gets its cut.

    if i sell you a car for $400, and you resell it for $600, and they resell it for $900, the state gets taxes on EVERY SALE.
    more resales means more tax.
    the real purpose was to end small mom-and-pop grows.

    re; If we had agreed to stop arresting people it would have been wonderful.

    prop 19 would make 18-20 yr. olds, be at greater risk of arrest, and increases penalties for sharing with / selling to them.

    summary for prop 19; “legalize” it, BUT, you can only buy it at a very limited number of dispensories, and only big corp.s will be able to jump through all the expensive gov’t. hoops, prohibition prices will remain in effect, and we will TAX IT TO DEATH, then we will just add the charge of ‘tax evasion’ the black market sales.

    legalization means loosening penalties, NOT increasing them.

    legalization means making the current prohibition law INVALID. prop 19 did not do that.

    BUT, it could be INTERPRETED as making the 420 /215 limits INVALID.

    under LEGALIZATION, ALL POT MUST BE 100% LEGAL !!

    if it is illegal AT ALL, IN ANY WAY, it is not truly LEGAL.

    example; if it is legal under one ounce, BUT illegal over one ounce, that makes SOME POT LEGAL, AND SOME POT ILLEGAL,
    -and the PIGS will STILL have EVERY legal right to stop you, to search you, and to determine WHICH ONE YOU HAVE.

    just like legal medical mj. did not stop all arrests and searches, just because SOME pot was legal.

    if it is legal, there is no reason for ANY search.

    when alcohol went from illegal to legal, it was not ‘decriminalized’ in ‘baby steps’, with very low limits, it was INSTANTLY 100% LEGAL.

  25. re; There was no $$ amount specified for licenses to sell cannabis, it only says that local governments may put a regulatory structure in place.

    there was NO LIMIT. at least one place DID decide on over $200K, $211K, per year, i believe.

    GOOD POINT.

    re; And it would have allowed a 25 square foot plot for personal consumption.

    there was NO LIMIT. one place DID decide on a $50 per ft. FEE for that 25 square foot plot for personal consumption, per year. ($1250)
    many smokers don’t smoke $1250 worth in a year, so no savings there.

    I THINK YOU’RE WRONG HERE. THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT LICENSING BACKYARD PLOTS IN PROP 19. IF THAT’S “OPEN TO INTERPRETATION”, IT NEEDS A RE-WRITE.

    re; to prohibit resale to ensure that the state gets its cut.

    if i sell you a car for $400, and you resell it for $600, and they resell it for $900, the state gets taxes on EVERY SALE.
    more resales means more tax.

    ACTUALLY, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS GIVE ME THE PINK SLIP AND FILE A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP FORM WITH THE STATE. WE ARE NOT A VAT COUNTRY.

    the real purpose was to end small mom-and-pop grows.

    GIVE THEM SOME CREDIT HERE. I STRONGLY DOUBT THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED THEIR ASSES OFF TO GET PROP 19 ON THE BALLOT HAD ANY SUCH MOTIVE IN MIND. BUT GIVEN THE HISTORY OF PROHIBITION AND CORPORATE EXPLOITATION, THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT NEEDS GREAT CARE.

    re; If we had agreed to stop arresting people it would have been wonderful.

    prop 19 would make 18-20 yr. olds, be at greater risk of arrest, and increases penalties for sharing with / selling to them.

    AGREED!!! THEY SHOULD EXCLUDE ALL THE “WE WILL SEND YOU TO JAIL AND MANDATORY SENTENCING” CRAP.

    AS TO THE REST, YES, YES, YES!!!!

    THIS WHOLE THING IS SO STUPID AND DESTRUCTIVE.

  26. re; THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT LICENSING BACKYARD PLOTS IN PROP 19.

    more importantly;
    there is nothing in there to prevent it.

    Albany voters decided in favor of Measure Q, which allows city officials to impose a $25 per-square-foot tax on nonprofit medical cannabis operations.

    Rancho Cordova voters decided in favor of the highly controversial Measure O. The proposal imposes taxes of $600 to $900 per square foot on personal medical marijuana grows. The tax means that medical marijuana consumers who cultivate their own cannabis in a five-foot by five-foot indoor space could be required to pay an annual local levy of $15,000.

    -so if they can do THAT to personal grows, what will they do to non-personal small mom-and-pop growers ??

    re; ACTUALLY, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS GIVE ME THE PINK SLIP AND FILE A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP FORM WITH THE STATE. WE ARE NOT A VAT COUNTRY.

    when i buy a car, i must list the sale price, and pay 7% sales tax as part of the title transfer proscess. (in florida)
    2 years later, when i sell it, that buyer pays 7% sales tax, too, even though that particular car was allready taxed. when he sells it, it gets taxed a third time. sales tax, not VAT.

  27. Q. what does legalization mean to me ??

    A.;
    #1. an ADMISSION that all the LIES were just lies.
    and an apology for the lies.
    and a promise they will never again be told by ANY gov’t. agency. (not that i would believe it, but just to get it on the official record)
    #2. SET MY PEOPLE FREE !! release all pot prisoners from jail / probation / forced treatment, and their criminal records cleaned.
    #3. TOTALLY REMOVE POT FROM THE ‘SCHEDULE’ SYSTEM;
    not schedule 2, or 3, or 4, or 5. alcohol is not scheduled, nor is tobacco, so pot has no buisness being on there, either.
    #4. MUST specifically include industrial hemp.
    #5. i can; (or ANY ADULT can)
    grow AS MUCH AS I WANT,
    smoke, (or eat), AS MUCH AS I WANT,
    buy, AS MUCH AS I WANT, from any grower / source i choose
    sell, AS MUCH AS I WANT,
    share, AS MUCH AS I WANT,
    possess AS MUCH AS I WANT,
    for recreational / medical / religious use,
    -with NO PENALTY, and no fear of search and seizure or arrest.

    SALES tax for commercial buisnesses shall be no more than on any other LEGAL product.
    NO TAX or license fee on homegrown, medical, gifting, religious, or mom-and-pop growers / sellers; (20ft. x 20 ft. or less).

    -though i personally think it should ALL be tax free, given that we have overpaid so much for so long. -1,000% or more in $$, plus fear of arrest)

    under LEGALIZATION, ALL POT MUST BE 100% LEGAL !!

    if it is illegal AT ALL, IN ANY WAY, it is not truly LEGAL.

    example; if it is legal under one ounce, BUT illegal over one ounce, that makes SOME POT LEGAL, AND SOME POT ILLEGAL,
    -and the PIGS will STILL have EVERY legal right to stop you, to search you, and to determine WHICH ONE YOU HAVE.

    just like legal medical mj. did not stop all arrests and searches, just because SOME pot was legal.

    the PIGS will NOT give you the PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE, -only the PRESUMPTION OF GUILT.
    (presumption of innocence -supposedly- happens in COURT, but nobody is pretending it happens on the STREET)

    when alcohol went from illegal to legal, it was not ‘decriminalized’ in ‘baby steps’, with very low limits, it was INSTANTLY 100% LEGAL.

    and the EXISTING LAW WAS COMPLETELY INVALIDATED,
    -NOT LEFT IN FORCE, with some ‘exemption’ or a ‘work-around’, COMPLETELY INVALIDATED !!

    that’s EXACTLY what we need to shoot for.

  28. OK! I give up! Prop 19 sounded good to me initially, but you’re right. None of this goes where it should.

    And I suggest that everyone stop comparing cannabis to tobacco and alcohol, both of which kill people and are rife with negative connotations. Don’t even utter their names! The real message is that CANNABIS IS 10 TIMES SAFER AND NO MORE ADDICTIVE THAN YOUR MORNING CUP OF COFFEE! People will just have to get over the fact that it makes you happy.

    Parents in particular need to be targeted for re-education. I am sure that very few of them realize that cannabis was used to treat people of ALL ages safely for almost 100 years in this country. And given that so many of them are currently shoveling all sorts of behavior modification drugs with nasty side effects [like suicide and liver failure] into their kids, cannabis is actually something that they need. There are 3 MILLION child users of Ritalin alone. But wait!… there’s also Adderall, Catapres, Cylert, Depakote, Desyrel, Dexedrine, Focalin, Lamictal, Paxil, Prozac, Strattera, Thorazine, …… And then there’s asthma.

    So how do we get cannabis unscheduled?

  29. re; Cecelia Webster said;
    I suggest that everyone stop comparing cannabis to tobacco and alcohol, both of which kill people and are rife with negative connotations.

    how about this;
    CANNABIS / marijuana is A MEDICALLY BENEFICIAL, natural, NON-NARCOTIC, non-toxic plant substance, LIKE BLUEBERRIES, ORANGE JUICE, GARLIC, or olive oil.
    -and should be regulated as such.

  30. Jon,
    Let’s forget the word “regulate” too. Although of course for medical purposes, dosages should be “standardized”, just like for aspirin.
    Bye,
    C

  31. Putting the blame on Cali when your fucked redneck state can’t even get decriminalization on your ballet.fuck off jj

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