A survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found a majority of Californians are ready for a new approach to cannabis.
In fact, 56 percent of likely voters favor legalization, while just 41 percent are opposed -- figures that bode well for legalization efforts in 2016.
It's not all good news, however. Our movement still has a lot of work to build support in all communities across the state:
A majority of whites (60%) favor legalization, while a similar proportion of Latinos (60%) oppose it. Across age groups, Californians age 18 to 34 (62%) are more likely to favor legalization than are older residents (51% age 35 to 54, 49% age 55 and older). Just under half of Californians (46%) say that if marijuana were legal, they would be very concerned that more underage people would be led to try it (18% somewhat concerned). Latinos (63%) are far more likely than whites (37%) to say they are very concerned.
You can read more about the poll here.
PPIC's survey was extensive. 1,706 California adult residents were interviewed on landlines and cell phones from May 17–27, 2015. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish, according to respondents’ preferences.