Things are looking better and better for legal recreational pot in California’s near future. Not only has the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will appear on the state ballot this November, secured its quota for signatures (way ahead of schedule and over the minimum) and got a big bankroll behind it, it also has the support of 60 percent of voters in California, according to a poll from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).
That means the ballot vote is pretty much in the bag, unless weed starts out-of-the-blue killing people in the next five months.
The poll found an increase in voter support for legalized marijuana since last year, having risen from 54 percent support in a similar poll last May. Interesting to note is that support of legal cannabis is not found across the board in California voters. While 69 percent of Democrats favored the ballot, and 65 percent of Independents were down, only 45 percent of Republicans were fans of the legislation.
Younger voters were also found more likely to be into legal bud. 66 percent of voters 18-34 pledging their support, but only 50 percent of those 35-54 were in favor, just a little more than the 55 and over crowd, who came in at 49 percent support.
The poll also put out feelers for how voters want the considerable marijuana taxes California will be raking in to be spent. 45 percent of adults said they felt it was “very important” that the state’s marijuana profits “be spent on substance abuse prevention and treatment.”
27 percent said it was “somewhat important,” 10 that it was “not too important,” and only 15 percent said that cannabis taxes being used to alleviate drug abuse in the state was “not at all important.” 2 percent said they didn’t know.
If the voters polled had their way, the Golden State would be making a lot more tax money that is currently. 58 percent said they supported “extending the tax on earnings above $250,000 for 12 years to fund education and health care,” and 67 percent were in favor of increasing cigarette taxes and putting that money toward health care.
“California seems poised to show its blue state credentials in the fall,” PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare said in a press release. “Voters today are signaling their early support for Democratic statewide candidates, tax initiatives, and marijuana legalization.”
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