71% of Californians age going to say yes to the marijuana initiative at the ballot box in November, according to the latest statewide poll conducted by the CALSPEAKS Opinion Research Center at Sacramento State.
On the threshold of the presidential election, researchers decided to survey the Californian's position on the legalization of recreational pot. According to the September poll, seven in ten state residents are likely to support Proposition 64 legalizing the non-medical use of weed.
84 % of the middle-aged respondents aged 18 to 34 back the state initiative, while in the group of residents aged 50 and over 60, only 74% are likely to support the use of cannabis for recreational purposes.
The poll results also found that Latinos were more supportive of recreational weed than Whites, as 81% of Latino voters are in favor of Prop 64 comparing to only 62% of supportive Whites.
Moreover, the surveyed politicians also reported their positive attitude to marijuana legalization. Thus, 80% of Democrats are leaning toward supporting the adult use of weed, while only 72% of Independents also concur with the statewide proposition.
Last month, the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, published the results of their survey that found 64% of state voters were supportive of marijuana legalization for adult use provided that the government regulates cannabis use similarly to alcohol.
Currently, weed laws in California permit only the medical use of pot, while recreational cannabis for adults or medical weed for children remain illegal in the state.
If Californians vote for Proposition 64, state adults will be allowed to legally cultivate up to six pot plants and possess up to one ounce of weed flowers or eight grams of marijuana concentrates for personal use. The initiative also licenses retail marijuana sales and commercial production. At the same time, the proposition prohibits local authorities from violating the rights of adults to buy or grow marijuana plants for non-commercial purposes.
Besides Californians, residents of Arizona, Maine, Nevada, and Massachusetts will also vote on similar marijuana initiatives this November.