Article by Neal Rodriguez, Huffington Post
Although legalization of recreation marijuana did not pass in California in 2010, Robin Abcarian, with the LA Times writes that marijuana is barely labeled as a “gateway drug” anymore, and you hardly find anyone saying it’s evil. Hence he believes that recreational use of marijuana will be legalized when it goes up for ballot in November.
Nearly two-thirds of California voters support legalization of marijuana for recreational use, according to a poll released on Wednesday by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. From June 29 to July 18, 2016, 3,020 people were surveyed in this poll.
One of the arguments against legalization is that patients in California can be prescribed to treat practically any ailment. Therefore, according to such opposition, legalization for recreational use isn’t required.
Further, in 2011, California made possession of up to one ounce of marijuana a minor offense that is only as bad as a parking ticket.
However, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report finding that almost half a million people were arrested in connection with marijuana related charges in the last 10 years. Almost 9,000 people were arrested on marijuana-related felonies in 2015 alone.