I just had to post this headline. I think it’s great. Prop 19 got more votes – 3.4 million – than Meg Whitman for governor – 3.1 million. Yes, it failed by 55% to 45%. For comparison, look at the outcome of the 1972 version of Prop. 19, which would have legalized possession and cultivation of marijuana, but not sales. That proposition failed overwhelmingly, 66.5% to 33.5%.
Here’s some more thoughts on Prop 19:
Three Reasons California’s Pot Legalization Effort Failed
By Dennis Romero / LA Weekly / Nov. 8 2010
This week the Christian Science Monitor considers Prop. 19 and comes up with three reasons why it didn’t pass:
The federal government’s threat to continue to enforce pot laws in California regardless of the outcome of the election; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signing of a law that makes small-time pot possession an infraction; and voters’ preoccupation with the economy.
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Historic effort to legalize marijuana returns in 2012
By Dennis Romero /LA Weekly / Originally published Nov 4 2010
In the end Proposition 19, which lost Tuesday, was more than a pipe dream. A long-shot campaign by a one-man band — a pot-shop owner from Oakland — turned into a bona fide movement to reconsider America’s long-standing marijuana prohibition.
It made national headlines, won support from unions, civil rights groups and even some law enforcement organizations, and, supporters say, took one giant step toward a full-on legalization effort that will likely return to California in 2012.
Stephen Gutwillig, state director of the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance, said it was a respectable loss.
“It validates the analysis that prop. 19 has permanently impacted the national debate and moved marijuana legalization into the mainstream of American politics,” he said. “We came up short tonight but it’s clear it’s an issue people take seriously.
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