Support the majority
The present substantial majority voter support for regulated adult-use cannabis in Benicia has its roots in the 2010 Proposition 19 results in our town. Prop. 19 was the first attempt to measure voter sentiment in California with regard to legalization and regulation of cannabis. Although the measure failed at state and Solano County levels, it passed in Benicia. The Proposition 64 results from last year demonstrated a significant increase in support for regulated cannabis in our state. Not surprisingly, Benicia voter support surged upward from 2010, while opposition percentage fell. All prominent national polls indicate increasing support for legalization and regulation of cannabis, especially among younger citizens in the 18-30 range.
Younger Benicia voters are lining up in support of regulated cannabis by the hundreds every year as they graduate into adulthood. By the time our 2018 elections roll around, I am confident there will be over 10,000 votes available to pro-cannabis candidates based on the annual average rate of change upward since 2010, driven largely by younger voters, and older ones that have become more educated about cannabis. The 63 percent of Benicia voters supportive of regulated adult-use cannabis activity as of November 2016 will be pushing on 70 percent by November 2018 elections. Nationwide polls recently indicated support for legalization at 64 percent and climbing steadily. Elected officials should support implementing policy consistent with the prevailing majority opinion, regardless of their personal views.