More Californian voters are in support of a state measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana with less than two months remaining until the November election, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released Tuesday.
Proposition 64, also known as the "Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act" would legalize the possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. It would impose an excise tax on retail sales of marijuana equal to 15 percent of sales' price and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves.
Of the 1,879 respondents in the survey, 58 percent support the measure, while only 34 percent would vote against it and eight percent had no answer. Proposition 64 has 67 percent support from voters between the ages of 18-24. The measure is supported by 68 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Republicans. Men support the measure by 62 percent, compared to 55 percent of women.
The online poll conducted Sept. 1-8 in English and Spanish had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
In 2010, California voters rejected Proposition 19, a similar measure to Proposition 64, by a vote of 53.5 to 46.5. With stronger voter turnout expected for the 2016 election, and after states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have legalized recreational marijuana without any notable complications, the measure has a strong chance of passing.
"Californians’ attitudes have changed dramatically on this issue over the last several years," Dan Schnur, director of the poll and of USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, told the Los Angeles Times.
Proposition 64 has received substantial funding from marijuana advocates. In July, the Los Angeles Times reported that former Facebook president Sean Parker doubled his total contribution to $2.5 million. New Approach PAC, a 527 nonprofit organization that advocates for pro-marijuana reform, has contributed $1.5 million, and the initiative has millions more in support.
While Proposition 64 has seen invigorated support, police officials have voiced objections to the measure, claiming it would make California less safe.
“I’m vehemently opposed to it,” Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told the Orange County Register in August. “I think that it would be a terrible move for California to make.”
The "No on Prop. 64" campaign has raised only $229,385.00, according to ballotpedia.org.