New Poll: Majority in California Want Cannabis Legalized

According to a new poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 60% of likely voters in the state are in favor of legalizing cannabis, the highest yet recorded by the institute. Only 38% are in opposition to such a move. Majority support was expressed among all age groups.cannabisleaf

Support was particularly high among Democrats, with only 33% being opposed to legalization. Unsurprisingly, Republicans were the least likely to support legalizing cannabis, although nearly half (45%) responded in favor.

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California Assembly Votes to Legalize Hemp

California’s full Assembly has approved Senate Bill 566, a measure to legalize industrial hemp, which has already been approved by the Senate.hemp The proposal now heads back to the Senate for concurrence, before going to the governor for final consideration.

“Industrial hemp, which is already found in hundreds of consumer products manufactured in our state, is a perfect crop for California”, says Senator Mark Leno, the prime sponsor of the proposal, “It has great potential to revitalize family farms, create new jobs and stimulate the economy.”

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California Assembly Approves Measure Reforming State’s Drug Possession Laws

California’s full Assembly recently approved Senate Bill 649, a measure to reform the state’s drug laws, which has already been approved by the Senate. The proposal now heads back to the Senate for approval of amendments, before going to the governor for final approval.california

Under Senate Bill 649, judges and prosecutors will be given the option of charging drug possession cases as misdemeanors, rather than felonies, a move which could save millions in tax-payer money, and put a stop to some of the overcrowding that occurs on behalf of the drug war. In California there are roughly 10,000 drug possession charges each year, not including cannabis.

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California Activists Begin Gathering Signatures in October to Put Cannabis Legalization on the 2014 Ballot

California’s Attorney General has recently given approval to the California Cannabis Hemp Act of 2014 (also known as the Jack Herer Initiative), which would end cannabis prohibition in the state, including private cultivation, and industrial hemp.

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Advocates in California will begin gathering signatures in October in an attempt to put legalization to a vote in 2014.

Under this initiative, the possession (and transfer) of up to 12 pounds of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to 99 plants, would be legal for any adult 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized, with the state’s legislature being mandated within 6 months to determine specific regulations.

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