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Outlook Doubtful for Legal Pot in California
Posted by CN Staff on November 02, 2010 at 21:52:04 PT
By David Crary and Lisa Leff, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press 
San Francisco -- California voters decided Tuesday whether to make their state the first to legalize recreational marijuana, drawing worldwide attention atop the 160 ballot measures in 37 states that also included proposals to slash taxes and ban abortion. Early tallies of absentee ballots showed the marijuana measure trailing, with 43 percent of the vote.On a night of conservative advances in much of the country, Massachusetts voters spurned a chance to cut their taxes, rejecting a proposal to lower the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent.
In Oklahoma, voters overwhelmingly passed three measures that had dismayed some progressive and immigrants-rights groups. One makes English the state's "common and unifying language," another requires a government-issued photo ID to vote and the third prohibits state courts from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.The California proposal  the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act  would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot, consume it in nonpublic places as long as no children were present, and grow it in small private plots.The initiative, Proposition 19 on the state ballot, would authorize local governments to permit commercial pot cultivation and the sale and use of marijuana at licensed establishments.Proponents have pitched it as a sensible experiment that would provide revenue for the cash-strapped state, dent the drug-related violence in Mexico by causing pot prices to plummet, and reduce marijuana arrests that they say disproportionately target young people from minorities.The state branches of the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens endorsed it, as did several retired police chiefs. Several California cities have companion measures on their local ballots that would tax retail marijuana sales if the measure passes.Although marijuana is available at storefront medical-marijuana dispensaries in California, Prop. 19 trailed in recent polls. Every major newspaper, both political parties, the two candidates for governor and all but a few leading politicians opposed it.In South Dakota, voters rejected a measure to legalize medical marijuana, a step already taken by California and 13 other states, including Washington.A medical-marijuana measure also was on Arizona's ballot, and Oregon voters were deciding whether to expand the state's current medical-marijuana law by authorizing state-licensed dispensaries.Complete Article: http://drugsense.org/url/HgOFT2FtSource: Associated Press (Wire)Author: David Crary and Lisa Leff, The Associated PressPublished: November 2, 2010 Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis  Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml
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