Reefer Madness propagandist Kevin Sabet was ridiculously crowing about a recent SurveyUSA poll that showed 52% of California voters supporting Proposition 64, but he’s not as happy about a new Los Angeles Times Poll demonstrating 58% of voters favoring cannabis legalization in the Golden State. While Sabet felt that prohibitionists trailing 40% to 52% in the SurveyUSA poll was a “SHOCK POLL” that demonstrated a close race, he blames the strong 58% support on California voters seemingly forgetting that cannabis is already decriminalized in their state.
The @latimes poll showing 58% support of 64 underscores that people don’t understand pot has been DECRIMINALIZED in CA for years. (1/2)
— Kevin Sabet (@KevinSabet) September 13, 2016
As I’ve noted previously, Sabet isn’t all that great at predicting the results of cannabis legalization measures and his anti-cannabis agenda seems to be clouding his judgment when it comes to California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), Proposition 64, on the November ballot. Sabet also thought that Oregon wouldn’t legalize cannabis and his contention that voters understanding of decriminalization would prevent their support for legalization, just doesn’t hold any water. Oregon was the first state to decriminalize cannabis all the way back in 1973, but that didn’t stop Beaver State voters from passing legalization with 56% of the vote.
While prohibitionists claimed that the sky would fall in Oregon and other states that have ended prohibition, legalization has been a positive developments for the states, as law enforcement resources have been better prioritized and more jobs and tax dollars have been generated. In fact, pollsters feel that the success of legalization in Oregon, Colorado and Washington, has helped convince California voters to support legalization. From the Los Angeles Times:
“It’s very clear that Californians’ attitudes have changed dramatically on this issue over the last several years,” said Dan Schnur, director of the poll and of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.
Some of the change appears to have come from the ability of Californians to watch what has happened in other states that legalized recreational pot use: Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, said Jon Cohen, an executive for SurveyMonkey, the firm that conducted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
“Some of the calamitous predictions of legalization opponents haven’t come to pass” in other states, Cohen said.
Kevin Sabet and other supporters of the failed and racist policy of cannabis prohibition will continue to fear monger throughout this election campaign, I, unlike Sabet, trust that California voters are much more knowledgeable about the state’s cannabis laws than he gives them credit for. I believe that a strong majority of Californians are ready to move past a harmful policy that has targeted minorities and the poor of all races. All eyes will be on California, the 8th largest economy in the world. If Prop 64 passes this November, the Drug War will get a shock to the system and we will move ever closer to ending our longest war, a war being waged upon our own nonviolent citizens.