Marijuana

Polls Still Suggest California and Massachusetts Will Legalize Marijuana

Support for legalization hovers around 50 percent in Maine, Arizona, and Nevada.

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Jacob Sullum

Voters in five states will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use, while four states could legalize or expand access to medical marijuana. Polling is strongest in California, where general legalization is on the ballot, and Florida, which seems to be on the verge of becoming the first state in the Southeast to allow medical use.

The latest survey indicates that Proposition 64, California's legalization initiative, is supported by 58 percent of likely voters. One of them is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who revealed her preference on Friday. In 2010—when, according to Gallup, 46 percent of Americans thought marijuana should be legal, compared to 60 percent today—Pelosi declined to take a position on Proposition 19, the last attempt to legalize marijuana in California.

At least six other members of California's congressional delegation, including two Republicans, support this year's initiative. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who opposed legalization in 2010, says she is inclined to vote for it this year. Not so Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a diehard prohibitionist who warns that Proposition 64 will cause increases in underage consumption and traffic accidents. Feinstein seems to be the only member of Congress from California who has come out against the initiative. In contrast with 2010, newspaper editorials are also leaning in favor of legalization—15 to 10, by Ballotpedia's count.

In addition to California, where Proposition 64 has received majority support in every poll taken this year, legalization looks likely in Massachusetts, where the latest poll puts support at 62 percent, raising the average for October from 52 percent to 55 percent. Legalization looks iffier in Maine, where the latest survey puts support at 50 percent, down from about 53 percent in two earlier polls. Support for legalization also hovers around 50 percent in Arizona and Nevada.

Among the four states with medical marijuana on their ballots tomorrow, passage still looks likely in Florida, where 71 percent of voters favored Amendment 2 (which needs 60 percent to pass) in the most recent poll. In Arkansas, where one of two medical marijuana inititiatives was disqualified late last month, the remaining measure, Issue 6, was supported by 50 percent of voters in the latest survey. A Montana measure aimed at expanding patients' access to marijuana was favored by just 44 percent of voters in a survey last month, while there are still no polling data on North Dakota's medical marijuana measure.

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69 responses to “Polls Still Suggest California and Massachusetts Will Legalize Marijuana

  1. It’s happening

    1. Coup de grass.

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  2. I predict that the NY State Troopers will set up traps along the Massataxes border for some asset forfeiture luchre should this pass.

  3. Pelosi just wants the cash, she could care less about freedom.

    1. The flaw in this theory is why didn’t Pelosi always support legalization then? The tax revenue argument has been made since the 1970s.

    2. The flaw in this theory is why didn’t Pelosi always support legalization then? The tax revenue argument has been made since the 1970s.

      1. Pelosi has more to win personally with it illegal.

  4. President Hillary is not going to like this. Hopefully Trump wins. No, wait, President Trump isn’t going to like this; hopefully Hillary wins.

    1. Just tell me who i’m supposed to vote for, dammit!

    2. If only they could both win

      1. It’s the only fair way.

        1. Set it up like the consuls of the Roman Republic. Whoever gets more votes is the senior consul, less so, junior consul.

          1. They used to do that using the results from the electoral college votes rather than the popular. Then they realized it was a bad idea and changed it in the 12th amendment in 1804 (well before the founders had all died off)

    3. I haven’t heard anything from Trump on this issue. Does he give a shit one way or the other?

      1. I think he’s barely mentioned it, but I think he said something about allowing the states to decide, and one time he said he was for it before he was against it. Also, Mexicans.

      2. One of the things that got him talked up among libertarians in NY a lot ~25 yrs. ago was his support for across-the-board narcotics legaliz’n, a position he reaffirmed in intervening yrs. before denying it during this campaign. He’s still OK with states legalizing cannabis, though, but not imports/exports. So he’s pretty much riding the trend on this.

    4. Chance of either of them descheduling cannabis anything? Zero.

  5. I fully expect Clinton to put her boot down on this should she be elected.

    1. +2 much money in it

    2. Only because Grandma Clinton loves the children so much.

      1. It’s true, she loves children. With fava beans and a nice Chianti.

      2. Oh, so that’s her favorite food.

    3. Janet Reno will not be in on the death raids. But yeah, she’s a big time drug warrior, I look for her to send in tanks and drones.

    4. Chelsea said the reefer will kill you. Don’t worry, her mama will have the DEA arrest you so you won’t die.

      Chelsea Clinton Implies Marijuana Can Kill You

      http://www.marijuana.com/blog/…..-kill-you/

      1. Her mom belives that all black youths are superpredators so of course pot kills. It is a shame that Bill’s sperm fertilized Hillary’s egg and resulted in the steamy pile that is Chelsea instead of being a stain on some intern’s dress.

  6. Heard some serious scare mongering on the radio yesterday about the marijuana question here in Maine.

    Stuff like pot smokers lack motivation and won’t work.

    That marijuana causes long term paranoia.

    That the ballot measure will make it legal for children to smoke pot.

    All with ominous music in the background.

    I guess it will work on people who know nothing about the stuff. But for anyone with a clue the ads are a big joke.

    1. The drug warriors problem is that the cat is out of the bag, a lot of people do know and there’s no stopping this. They’ll try of course, until the bitter end.

      1. What’s biting the Drug Warriors on the ass is the broad lack of research, which they are in large part at fault for. They only have the Party Line,,which dates to the era of REEFER MADNESS and nobody believes.

        It has been my personal observation that most frequent pot users are screwups, but I can’t say whether the r efer habit is a cause or an effect.

    2. Are there really people around who don’t know about pot? I have no use for the stuff personally, but damned near everyone I know smokes now and then.

      1. Yes, and they’re terrified of it. And they’re a minority now.

    3. I know way too many people in Maine that blaze up all the time. Due to the decrim, there are nearly zero practical consequences for simple possession. I expect it to pass, but who knows what will happen with all the LePagetards

  7. CA is in no way “legalizing” weed.

    1. It’s only legal as long as you have proper licensing and if law enforcement doesn’t single you out as an example.

    2. Shhh. We’re supposed to take whatever our benevolent government chooses to give us, and be grateful it wasn’t worse.

    3. In Cali and Massholio, you’ll probably have to take out a 2nd mortgage to get a few grams of the stuff, legally.

      1. In Taxachusetts, when you bring your gubmit permission slip in to the medical marijuana dispensary, an oz will set u back around $350.00

  8. Just in time to laugh at The Donald’s authoritarianism as Mike Pence ships us off for treatment.

  9. Not sure if posted already, but…

    Will NOT be AG for Hillary

      1. Too soon for her dreams of murdering more people. But I’m sure Hillary will find someone just as bloodthirsty.

    1. That was long overdue.

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  12. Has Reason even touched on what happened here in Arkansas?

    We had two measures on the ballot – Issues 6 and 7. Issue 7 was an honest-to-god medical marijuana bill (public referendum), covering the full range of applicable illnesses, allowing for open competition in running dispensaries, and allowing home grow where not near a dispensary. Issue 6 is a cronyist measure (amendment) that basically ensured that only the most serious illnesses are covered, home grow is disallowed, and only about half a dozen friends of the governor would entirely control and benefit. The people behind 6 actually apent tens of thousands of dollars on ads and a lawsuit to stop 7.

    We did a good job of educating the public, so there were a lot of “yes on 7, no on 6” votes during early voting, which is very popular in Arkansas.

    The state SC threw out Issue 7 a week into early voting based on disallowing signatures collected – there was nothing wrong with the signatures themselves, but nit picky things like bad addresses for canvassers etc etc was used as a reasoning. Again, this happened AFTER voting had already been underway, and it happened AFTER all the signatures had already been certified twice.

    Issue 6 is now the only hope for patients in Arkansas, and many of those who would be most disposed to voting for it already voted against it because they thought they had a choice. This is one of the starkest examples you’ll ever see of money and power silencing and disenfranchising the voters.

    1. Sounds pretty depressing. Issue 6 sounds similar to the lame MMJ in effect in NH.

  13. If the headline turns out to be correct, what will we have? We will have the following. In the two states mentioned, where the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens are under even more vicious attack than in the past, correct me if I’m wrong, we may well see the general legalization of marijuana, which will bring forth who knows what.

  14. By the way, medical uses for or of Marijuana are another story, one that I’m in no way qualified to speak on, freedom of speech aside.

  15. By the way, re marijuana, which at age 83 I have yet to sample, I prefer good scotch, some of which I’m sipping as I write, Johnnie Walker Black Label. To each their own.

  16. I own my body, not the state.

    And now I will smoke some reefer!

  17. I live in fascist Cali so I guess I’ll have to deal with picking up my pot at the Weed Wal-Mart. The rest of you in Freedom Land will have to wait.

  18. If MAINE doesn’t pass it folks will keep putting it on the ballot until it does.

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