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There’s Promising News For California’s Legal Pot Vote In November

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Craig Boudreau Vice Reporter
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Californians will be voting on full recreational marijuana legalization this November, and a new poll shows it has a good chance of passing.

The Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley has released a new poll which shows two out of three Californians favor legalization, NORML reported Thursday.

The “Adult Use Of Marijuana Act,” also known as Prop 64, would allow for the state to, “regulate and tax responsible adult use, sale and cultivation of marijuana.”

The Golden State was the first state in the country to legalize medical marijuana in 1996.

In early August, a pro-pot group called “Yes On 64” filed a lawsuit against the “No On 64” campaign over what it said were “obvious falsehoods” in No On 64’s representation of facts that would be on a pamphlet to educate voters ahead of the vote. Specifically, a claim that advertising for pot would expose children to “ads promoting marijuana gummy candy and brownies.”

[dcquiz] Language written specifically into the proposition states that “marijuana and marijuana products cannot be advertised or marketed towards children.”

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has tried to build support against legalization. She made a claim Aug. 5 that Prop 64 “allows marijuana smoking ads in prime time, on programs with millions of children and teenage viewers,” a claim that garnered her a “mostly false” rating from Politifact.

The reason for its rating was due to the fact that pot is illegal under federal law, so no advertisements can be made.

Legalization in the nation’s most populous state could be a major financial windfall. The Daily Caller News Foundation reported Aug. 16 that the Colorado marijuana industry is on pace to make more than $1 billion this year, and that is a state with only about 5.3 million people.

California, on the other hand, has a population of nearly 39 million, and a CBS News poll from 2009 showed just under five million people in the state smoke weed — nearly the entire population of Colorado.

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