Tide Turns Against Prop 19 To Legalize Marijuana

SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – A newly released Field Poll shows a major reversal on Proposition 19, the statewide measure that would legalize marijuana.

The latest poll shows that 49 percent of potential voters oppose the measure, while 42 percent are in favor of it.

“That represents a reversal of opinion from six weeks ago when 49 percent were in favor and 42 percent were opposed,” said Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

He said the measure seems to be losing support across the board.

“You’re seeing less support for this among many different subgroups,” DiCamillo said. “It’s not just one area of the state that’s going down. Democrats are a little less enthusiastic, even though a slight majority still favors it. They are ten points lower in their support then they used to be.”

DiCamillo said the recent announcement by the federal government that it would still target recreational marijuana use, even if Prop 19 passes, may have dampened support for the proposal.

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  • Ghostee

    I dont know about loosing support, its just that all the potheads are too stoned to respond to any survey or go outside in the bright sunlight and vote.

    • charlierm

      what bright sunlight — you don’t live in san francisco, do ya?

      • Hassan Ben Sober

        Joke killer.

      • David so stoned

        In the Bay Area we start the day in rain jackets and switch into a t shirt and shorts like yesterday!!

    • john

      Ignorance is bliss. I see you don’t know your typical stoner?

    • kermsroomy

      They’re afraid of going out and getting run over by you drunk drivers!

  • onecheeksneak

    Sorry to see this one go. I guess no one is willing to fight for it.

  • Stimpy6

    The press is simply trying to influence the election. Vote Yes on Prop. 19.

    • tapbot

      I’ve been somking pot for 35 yrs. now and would never vote yes on this. Its already legal in Ca. with a perscription, prop 19 just put different laws on the use of it. We don’t need the goverment in our grow, we dont need the FDA regulating it and we dont need Philp Morris owning it. NO ON PROP 19.

      • Duh

        Exactlly…. Legalization will bring the price down and drive many growers out of business……. Yes on 19!

      • mendocinomama

        AMEN tapbot !

      • 215 patient

        Right on! Big Bro needs to BACK OFF!

      • Duh

        Legalization would also bring regulation to an illegal indrustry that sorely needs regulated and put much of the burden of monitoring/enforcing on the Feds through the FTA and DEA providing some relief to California taxpayers. Yes on 19

  • kent

    Funny, but the liberals have passed anti tobacco smoking ordinances left and right, and yet they are all for smoking pot. Bunch of loons.

    • Mark Johnston

      Nicotine Kills….. Marijuana is God’s medicinal gift to mankind U Dumb Ass

  • Smokedog

    vote NO! I dont want to have to pay $100 and 1/8 for dirt weed just cuz those that wanna tax it for recreation as opposed to those of us who really have a medical necessity!

    • bob

      Legalizing the production and distribution of marijuana in California could cut the price of the drug by as much as 80 percent and increase consumption, according to a new study by the nonprofit RAND Corporation that examines many issues raised by proposals to legalize marijuana in the state…Based on an analysis of known production costs and surveys of the current price of marijuana, researchers suggest the untaxed retail price of high-quality marijuana could drop to as low as $38 per ounce compared to about $375 per ounce today.

    • You are a moron

      medical necessity my testicle. What do you need it for, to help with your alcoholism?

      • Mark Johnston

        Help from ringing ur fffin neck…..Honey

  • Paul

    Marijuana has no bad effects? Are you kidding? Have you been around regular users of weed? I have! They are disconnected, unproductive, and selfish, and sometimes very destructive to the people and employers around them. That’s a huge drag on society. This isn’t about anyone’s “personal” rights. This is about the desire of a few to bend society to their own desires. Prop 19 is absolutely outrageous – vote NO.

    • joe

      Wait! What?

    • Eric

      Yeah…boy I wish I was unproductive as Michael Phelps with his 14 Gold medals. man, that dude is a total slacker! Alcoholics ruin employers more than pot users do.

    • MorePotEqualsMoreDemocrats

      Legalize marijuana and potheads will spend less on pot, and the rest of us spend more on welfare costs and cancer treatments. Not to mention the fact that everywhere will smell like a donkey’s ass and everyone you interact with will be dumber than a box of rocks. Pot is for idiots.

  • Jay

    ummm. let’s think about this for a minute- if 5% of the population owns 85-90% of the wealth, what do you think the chances are of media, pharmaceutical, oil, banking and medical corporations having a vested interest in all that is happening in each of these fields? Open your eyes America.

  • Just Goes To Show

    “It’s not just one area of the state that’s going down. Democrats are a little less enthusiastic, even though a slight majority still favors it. They are ten points lower in their support then they used to be”

    The correct word in the paragraph, rather than “then” would be used as follows “than they used to be”

  • Citizen

    Drug war is a failure! Plenty of weed and other drugs available to all who want them. I just resent the DEA and other law enforcement agencies ignoring more serious criminals and wasting all my hard earned tax dollars

    • charlierm

      “available to all who want” ?? oh, wow! WHERE? WHERE? Tell me WHERE???

      • sammz

        are you kidding? go to any high school and you’d be amazed at how easy it will be for you to get anything from weed, to harder drugs like oxy/heroin/coke/lsd/shrooms/E. it’s even easier in upscale neighborhoods because everybody has money

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  • Marty

    If Prop 19 fails, we won’t be able to create new jobs using hemp. Hemp can be used to make over 25,000 different products. It can be used as fuel. Building material. Fabrics. Rope. And paper. Hemp can be used as a cheaper substitute to wood pulp to make paper. If we pass Prop 19, we can create a new industry that could bring jobs and money to California. Prop 19 means jobs. Prop 19 means money. YES ON 19!

  • SFPh.D

    Let’s get real here….any argument against MJ can be used against alcohol. And, the entire idea the people that use MJ are somehow dragging down society is a fallacy, stereotypes fell out of style a long time ago. I know plenty of people that use MJ across many professional industries and some of them are even republican!

    Get your heads out of the sand people. The world is not as you imagine it.

    • Eric

      You mention MJ & Alcohol. The one thing you can’t say is that alcohol has true medicinal purposes (or can you?) and MJ has been shown to help in various cases, across various conditions.

  • commonsense2010

    Hopefully enough reasonable people are seeing that it is all smoke and mirrors….it’s already legal for those who “need” it and/or anyone who pretends to need it. Why make the rest of us tolerate it’s widespread use and abuse? There is no tax benefit, because the Mexican cartels will continue to grow it and bring it over the border without paying taxes. There are no prison benefits, because weed smokers and dealers are not doing prison time (George Soros and his buddies are either misinformed or intentionally lying). It’s already available to those over 18 who want it and who are not too lazy to go see a weed doctor and get a recommendation, so why legalize it – it’s already legal!!

  • Thomas

    Best argument for Yes on 19 — last year 800,000 Americans were arrested for simple possession. Most were young & minority & are (because of a conviction) ineligible for student loans & will not qualify for many jobs. Prohibition has hurt millions of American families & I hope they’ll come out & vote for Prop 19 to end this madness, this war on the American people.

  • Brian

    Oh well big deal! My elbow hurts, my Med. card please! Thank you, see you next year.

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  • ppauld23

    we alcolic dangerous on the road and we don’t need a pothead too!

  • The Godfather

    Looks like everything is going to pot!

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    dont we allready have enough non enforced laws and judgements. same old story, alimony, chi;d support, who will enforce the many new laws regarding pot if legalized?

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