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March 03, 2016

Poll: CA Initiative to Legalize Adult Marijuana Use Likely to Pass

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A majority of likely voters in California say they intend to vote "Yes" this November for an initiative to regulate the retail production and sale of marijuana by adults, according to the results of a Probolsky Research poll. Sixty percent of respondents say that they will vote in favor of an initiative this November "that would legalize marijuana for recreational use under California law and allow government to tax" its retail sales. Thirty-seven percent said that they would vote "No." Support was strongest among those between the ages of 18 to 34 (80 percent) and self-identified Democrats (69 percent). Republicans (38 percent) and those over the age of 65 (46 percent) were least likely to express support. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which is expected to appear on the November ballot, permits adults to legally grow up to six plants and possess personal use quantities of cannabis up to one ounce of the plant's flowering tops and/or up to eight grams of concentrate while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is backing the measure, as are the California Medical Association and the state chapter of the NAACP. On February 20, the NORML Board of Directors endorsed the AUMA, along with separate initiatives that are anticipated to appear on the November 2016 ballot in Massachusetts, Nevada, and Arizona, as well as medical use initiatives expected to appear on the ballot in Missouri and Florida. For more information, contact Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), at (202) 483-5500.

 
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