California Voters ‘Just Say No’ to Marijuana Legalization, Rejecting Prop 19
November 3, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) – California was poised to become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana yesterday if voters had embraced Proposition 19, but it was not to be, the L.A. Times reports. Although Prop 19 was supported by scores of younger voters, those Californians did not hit the polls as expected, and the measure was defeated.
In the San Francisco Bay area, the majority of voters did cast their votes to support Prop 19, but the rest of the state appeared not to be ready for such a measure. The initiative would have eliminated criminal penalties for adults over the age of 21 who held up to an ounce for their personal use, or adults who planted marijuana in a small plot of 25 sq. feet or less.
Marijuana legalization supporters are not discouraged by the defeat of Prop 19, because they see it as a triumph just to have gotten the proposal on the ballot. Measures will be introduced on ballots in other states, such as Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, when voters return to the polls in 2012, the L.A. Times reports.