Remaining stagnant since September, a new poll indicates California’s proposition to legalize recreational marijuana currently has an 11-point lead, according to a recently published ABC7 poll.
Smoking the cynics of legalization by 11 percentage points, the new Survey USA poll commissioned by ABC7 shows California voters, who first legalized medical marijuana in 1996, are ready to join Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska as the 5th state to liberate recreational marijuana use.
According to the new poll results, 51% of those surveyed stated they will vote Yes On 64, while 40% will vote No On 64. 8% of respondents are undecided, and a meager 1% are not willing to cast their ballot on the heady initiative.
Proposition 64 Summary
- Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older.
- Designates state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry.
- Imposes state excise tax of 15% on retail sales of marijuana, and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves.
- Exempts medical marijuana from some taxation.
- Establishes packaging, labeling, advertising, and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana products.
- Prohibits marketing and advertising marijuana directly to minors.
- Allows local regulation and taxation of marijuana.
- Authorizes re-sentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions.
Though the passage of Proposition 64 could potentially represent significant progress for the average pot smoker up and down the California coastline, many within the already established cultivation community are more than a little concerned about their potential loss of income.
If passed by California voters on November 8th, the penalty reduction component of Prop 64 would take effect at the stroke of midnight on November 9th. And, raising marijuana-related revenue in the Golden State, the passage of Proposition 64 would create two new taxes — one for cultivators and the other for consumers. The chronic new tax revenue would help fund marijuana-related research, drug addiction treatment facilities, increased law enforcement, health and safety funding, youth diversion programs, and mitigating damage done to the environment as a result of illegal marijuana cultivation.
In the below YouTube video, ReasonTv examines whether or not California’s passage of Proposition 64 could actually represent the beginning of the end of prohibition from coast-to-coast.