While California law enforcement officers remain outspoken against marijuana legalization, supporters have outspent opponents 40 to 1, according to a July 31, 2016, article in the Orange County Register.
If California’s Proposition 64—also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act—passes in November, state residents 21 years of age and older will be allowed to carry an ounce or less of marijuana and to grow up to six plants.
Proposition 64 has big donors, including Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker. The top five pro-legalization donors have given $6.5 million, versus the top 5 opposing donors, who have given only $159,150.
The disparity between the two sides led Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, to say, “Unless the opposition is able to identify a very generous funding source, it’s difficult to see how they get their message out in a way that allows them to move public opinion.”