Angelenos overwhelmingly support medical marijuana regulation - not eradication

Oct 22, 2009

California, Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles, Medical Marijuana, polling, Steve Cooley

Responding to recent calls to shutter Los Angeles county's medical marijuana collectives, MPP commissioned a poll that found Angelenos overwhelmingly supportive of medical marijuana access in their community.

According to the survey, 74 percent of Los Angeles County voters support the state's medical marijuana law. 77 percent said that they prefer regulating L.A.-area medical marijuana facilities over closing them all down. Support for regulation crossed all demographic groups, including Republicans who favor regulation over wholesale closure by a 62 to 30 percent margin.

The poll also found that 54 percent of voters think marijuana should be made legal for adults over 21 and and its sales taxed and regulated like alcohol.

Hopefully these results will further demonstrate to the Los Angeles City Council and other elected officials that attacking the medical marijuana community is a no-win game in L.A. politics.

The poll -- conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research -- surveyed 625 regular voters in L.A. County. The questions and results by demographic breakdown can be downloaded here.