War on Drugs

Fifty-Four Percent of Californians Support Legal Marijuana

Might be the one business that can thrive in that state


SACRAMENTO—Californians support legalizing pot in greater numbers than ever—and they want the federal government to cool it with the crackdowns on medical marijuana dispensaries.

In a Field Poll released Wednesday, California voters, by a margin of 54 percent to 43 percent, supported allowing legal sales of marijuana, as long as restrictions are in place on age, driving under the influence of the drug and licensing those who sell it. That represents the highest level of support since the Field Poll began asking the question 44 years ago, when most California believed pot was the gateway drug to more hurtful substances.

Only 13 percent of California adults supported legalizing marijuana in 1969—the year of Woodstock.