SACRAMENTO -- The latest field poll shows that Proposition 64, the Adult Use Of Marijuana Act on the November ballot, is enjoying overwhelming support by voters.
Nearly 50 years ago, a field poll showed only a 10 percent support for legalizing marijuana. The poll released on Friday showed 60 percent of voters say they favor the measure, twice as many voters as those who oppose it.
Proposition 64 spokesperson Jason Kinney said he was not surprised by the numbers given a slow but steady change of public opinion that he likens to the change in attitudes for gay marriage.
"It's hard to oppose something that you know makes sense if you know somebody who's experienced it," Kinney explained.
Lanette Davies, the operator of the areas first medical marijuana dispensary, says the earth didn't end when medical marijuana was approved by voters 20 years ago.
However, she still she opposes Proposition 64 because she says the taxing and licensing provisions hurts small growers and patients who must pay more for their medicine.
She also says the wording in the measure is written so that local governments can still oversee the sale and growth of marijuana, making for an unequal application of the pot law.
But Kinney said voters want a change from the practice of criminalizing a substance that most people are convinced is relatively harmless. He said the measure would regulate and tax an activity that is already big business in California.