Poll Shows Californians Have a Positive View of Pot Legalization, Want to See More Dispensaries in Their Cities

The majority of California cities still prohibit commercial weed, but voters say they want to see more legal dispensaries in their cities.

A new poll conducted by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies shows that 63% of California voters support permitting cannabis shops where they live. The poll was paid for by the Los Angeles Times.

Overall support for legalization is also up. 68% of respondents say legalization has been a good thing. 69% of those in Los Angeles County feel Prop 64 has had a positive impact.

“There hasn’t been any real buyer’s remorse about the initiative. If anything, support has gone up,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS poll.

Support for dispensaries remains lowest in the Inland Empire. Even there, it was 54%.

The California Cannabis Industry Assn. seized on the latest poll results, encouraging municipalities to heed residents’ wishes and green-light more legal cannabis businesses.

“With this broad spectrum of support,” said executive director Lindsay Robinson, “it is critical that California’s local municipalities honor the will of the voters, overturn their bans, and give their constituents access to tested and regulated cannabis.” 


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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 04:35

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