It would appear that local governments aren’t the only ones tired of the lack of clarity on regulations and distribution when it comes to medical marijuana, as new data from Probolsky Research shows that a majority of voters (59.2%) would support the California Medical Marijuana Regulation Act, a potential initiative for the November ballot. This initiative is intended to meet the calls of local officials who have asked for more guidance in developing consistent and clear guidelines on medical marijuana distribution, but clearly Californians want clearer and concrete guidance as well.
A coalition of patients, advocates, cultivators, dispensary operators, and labor have come together to support the Medical Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation (MMRCT) Act to ensure that medical patients have continued access to marijuana but with clearer, stronger, and more uniform statewide rules.
According to Probolsky Research, the intensity of voter support for the initiative is higher than that of the opposition (34.5% definitely would vote yes, vs. 23.6% who would definitely vote no).
Specifically, this measure would create a state enforcement division to regulate and control all entities involved in the commercial cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of medical marijuana in California; it also requires their mandatory registration with the state and establishes a state excise tax of upon all medical marijuana grown for sale in California.
Here are other details from the survey:
The proposal enjoys particularly high support among the following demographics:
- Democratic and DTS voters (65.8% and 67.4% vote yes, respectively)
- Democratic voters aged 55+ are especially supportive (70.0% vote yes)
- Foreign-born voters (67.5% vote yes)
- High propensity voters (4/5) are more likely to vote yes (67.6%) than very high propensity (5/5) voters (54.5% vote yes)
- Those who feel that California is on the right track (68.4% vote yes)
- Asian voters (66.7% vote yes)
You can find out more about this proposed initiative here.
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