Possibly following in the footsteps of Washington and Colorado, California seems like it’s ready to legalize marijuana, according to the latest survey from the Public Policy Institute of California.
The survey of 1,703 adults found that support for legalizing marijuana jumped to 52 percent, from 45 percent in March 2012, making it a record high for the state. When it came down to party lines, 64 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of independents, and 45 percent of Republicans polled answered that they were in favor of legalization. Additionally, 60 percent of likely voters answered favorably.
Sixty-one percent of respondents and 68 percent of likely voters also said that the government shouldn’t enforce federal marijuana laws in states that recreational use is legal — only Washington and Colorado, so far.
The survey results echo rising sentiment across the country. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 52 percent of all Americans favored legalizing marijuana, while 45 percent did not. But the trend doesn’t stop there. A marijuana-advocacy group was the frontrunner during initial voting for a contest that would give its winner free ad space during the 2014 NFL Super Bowl. Other pro-pot activists are targeting would-be voters in target states for the 2016 election, such as Alaska, Oregon, and Hawaii.
What’s more, states are continuing to either decriminalize or legalize the medical use of cannabis. It’s currently legal for medical use in 20 states, including Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Delaware, Vermont, New Mexico, Michigan, Montana, and Alaska, as well as in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.