California Voters say ‘No’ to Prop 19

Written on November 3, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Americas, Culture & Society, News

California voters declined to make their trendsetting state the nation’s first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warning that legal chaos would ensue, and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to work while high.

The legalization effort was losing by 9 percentage points with more than two-thirds of precincts reporting. Backers showed support for the measure by gathering outside the campaign’s headquarters to watch returns come in — some of them lighting up joints to mark the occasion.

Supporters of Proposition 19 blamed Tuesday’s outcome on the conservative leanings of older voters who participate in midterm elections. They also acknowledged that young voters had not turned out in sufficient numbers to secure victory, but said they were ready to try again in two years. Read more…

As published in www.npr.org 


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