Recreational Marijuana To Get Legalized In California Soon?

First Posted: Nov 07, 2016 04:26 AM EST

California seems to be set to legalize recreational marijuana 20 years after legalizing the plant for medicinal purposes. This is according to two new surveys.

The Huffington Post reported that 57 percent of likely voters opted to support the Proposition 64, as found in a survey released by Field Poll and the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The findings are similar to the 58 percent support found by Dornslife College at the University of California. Proposition 64 is a measure that legalizes the possession, use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana for adults aged 21 and above.

Lost Angeles Times earlier reported that California is among the five states that consider legalizing recreational marijuana. In 1996, it established a medical marijuana program, making it the first state to do such act.  It had its first opportunity to legalize recreational marijuana in 2010; however, voters rejected the idea.

Colorado is the first U.S. state and first government in the world that established a marketplace for regulated marijuana. Since then, four other states alongside Washington, D.C. have done the same measure.

According to Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, there will be a huge political impact of legalizing marijuana. Having a regulated and legal marijuana marketplace in California would apparently lead to normalizing the use and sale of marijuana. At present, the federal government still bans cannabis and classifies it as one of the most dangerous drugs alongside LSD and heroin. Despite this classification, however, it is among the most commonly used illegal substance in the U.S. Marijuana Majority is a drug reform advocacy group.  

Reports say that the election day is promising. Voters nationwide are set to look into more ballot measures on weed. Angell deems November 8 as the most important day in marijuana legalization movement history. He said there may be wins to end the federal marijuana prohibition; however, they may also be losses interrupting the momentum built within the last several years.

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