Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2010

California marijuana legalization effort fails

November 3, 2010


— After taking a serious look at legalizing marijuana, California's voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 19, which would have made the state the first to allow the drug to be sold and taxed.

According to a state exit pool and early election returns, the measure drew strong support from voters under 25 years old, as the campaign had hoped, but they did not turn out in unusually high numbers. The initiative also failed to win over the moderate voters who make up the state's decisive swing vote.

The San Francisco Bay Area was the only region to tilt toward the measure, but just slightly. In Los Angeles County, where a quarter of the state's voters live, the initiative lost.

Despite a potential double-digit loss, marijuana-legalization advocates said the proposition had transformed talk about legal pot from late-night punch line into a serious policy matter.

"This has been a watershed moment," said Stephen Gutwillig, the California director for the Drug Policy Alliance, which waged an extensive ad campaign or the measure. "Even in defeat, Proposition 19 has moved marijuana legalization in to the mainstream of American politics."

Tuesday's vote was jut the first round, say legalization advocates, who are aiming measures at the 2012 ballot in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and very likely California. But it's also the second time in two years that California voters have rejected an initiative to soften penalties for drug crimes.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

Probably a lot of moderate voters who might have voted for this decided against it because it would do nothing to change federal laws.

But clearly, this indicates that within the next ten years, many states will legalize pot, and the federal govt. will follow.

kansasfire911 7 years, 6 months ago

I can't imagine why it didn't pass. Duuuuude aren't we suppose to vote or something today? Screw it, lets go surfing.

lounger 7 years, 6 months ago

They just elected Jerry Brown again. Im not shocked by this.

madameX 7 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone know how much it lost by? I've found like four articles that say it wasn't passed but they don't include the numbers. Inquiring minds need to know!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

"the source of choice for the lazy and/or stupid."

Is that self-referential?

pantheon 7 years, 6 months ago

I don't know, I'd need to see the self-referential wikipedia entry first.

phoggyjay 7 years, 6 months ago

As our state and federal budgets spiral out of control, legalization will be the answer to our woes.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 6 months ago

But they also put Gov Moonbeam back in office? Dude, what?

CHKNLTL 7 years, 6 months ago

It only would have led to California becoming a Police State or Military State. That wouldn't have helped anybody. Since when can a State not stand up to the Federal and make rights for its own citizens...since the Feds became bullies!

amesn 7 years, 6 months ago

I loved this segment they showed on TMZ where they interviewed Snoop Dog and his thoughts on Prop 19...he had no idea what it even was and after they told him he said he had already voted-this was shown sometime in October! LOL. Anyways...yes...if most of the supporters of the concept of prop 19 would have even known it was happening or if they did at least have the ambition to get out there and vote it prob would have passed! Unfortunately the millions of potheads needed were at home, glued to their couches eating cheetos and watching half baked! I am a firm believer if legalization were to take place 2 things may happen. 1. Our nations debt could possibly be eliminated by taxing and selling it 2. The rate of unwanted pregnancys may decrease-marijuana decreases sperm count and the mans ability to achieve and maintain an erection, plus who is really motivated to procreate when high? If in addition to legalizing pot we go back to prohibiting alcohol use, it has the potential to decrease violence statistics! With pot more readily available than booze, people will be in such a state of bliss they will stop beating their spouses and children, etc...ahhh...what a great future :)

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