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Majority of Voters Want Cannabis Reform

Oakland, 24.09.2010: Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center, Oakland's largest medical marijuana dispensary, poses in front of the center's checkout counter.

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Majority of Voters Want Cannabis Reform

New California Poll: Majority Of Voters Want Cannabis Reform Now

California voters overwhelmingly support cannabis legalization, not just medical cannabis, but total recreational legalization and regulated like alcohol.

A California Field Poll released yesterday suggests that voters support cannabis legalization by a margin of 54 to 43 percent. 67 percent would like the feds to back off the golden state’s rising cannabis economy, as well as 58 percent allowing more medical cannabis dispensaries in the public domain.

The Federal crackdown is “certainly not winning over the hearts and minds of Californians,” state Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said to the Sacramento Bee.

Stewart Hintz, 47, a Republican from Rocklin who participated in the poll told the Bee. “Once [alcohol] prohibition was repealed, the feds pretty much took their hands off — and I think that’s the best model,” he said.

“I haven’t seen any substantive negatives [about dispensaries]”, Patrick Cole, an independent voter from Butte County told the Bee. “The executive branch gets on its high horse about how insidious this is and how it’s corrupting our neighborhoods. Yet there is a liquor store on every corner.”

The poll results drew a spirited response from the director of California’s largest medical marijuana dispensary.

“This poll … heartens me and makes me feel validated,” said Steve DeAngelo, director of California’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, Harborside Health Center dispensary in Oakland and is targeted by federal prosecutors suing to seize his property.

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