'Resounding' Defeat for Proposition 19

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  'Resounding' Defeat for Proposition 19

Posted by CN Staff on November 03, 2010 at 08:54:12 PT
By Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer 
Source: San Francisco Chronicle 

San Francisco -- California voters on Tuesday soundly defeated Proposition 19, the nation's most sweeping proposal ever to legalize marijuana sales and use.The measure would have legalized possession of as much as an ounce of marijuana for personal, recreational use by anybody 21 or older, and would have allowed people to grow cannabis in a 5-by-5-foot space.
It also would have permitted local governments to regulate and tax commercial sale and production, which proponents said would have injected billions of dollars into shrunken government coffers."This is a resounding victory," said Tim Rosales, manager of the No on 19 campaign. "Men, women, Democrats, Republicans - all types of voters voted against this measure. I think that's a huge statement, not only for California but the rest of the country."Marijuana advocates took heart that the issue had been taken seriously."The fact that millions of Californians voted to legalize marijuana is a tremendous victory," said Richard Lee, founder of the Oaksterdam cannabis university in Oakland and the author of Prop. 19. "We have broken the glass ceiling. Prop. 19 has changed the terms of the debate. And that was a major strategic goal."Over the course of the last year, it has become clear that the legalization of marijuana is no longer a question of if, but a question of when." Straight-Ahead Fight  The two sides' messages boiled down simply during the campaign. Pro-19 forces pinned their hopes on convincing Californians that taxing pot would help shore up budgets, and on young people - who polled in favor of pot in general - coming out to vote in big numbers.Opponents of the measure argued that Prop. 19's provision that local governments set their own regulations and taxes would set up a confusing snarl of rules that varied city to city, county to county - and would still be illegal under federal law.That message was reinforced last month when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he would "vigorously enforce" federal anti-pot laws when it came to recreational use, no matter what Californians decided.Opponents also maintained that expanding marijuana use would lead to more people working and driving while stoned.Both major party candidates for governor, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and numerous police groups, including the California Police Chiefs Association, weighed in against Prop. 19.Those endorsing the measure included the California branch of the NAACP, several labor unions, the National Latino Officers Association and a sizable number of retired police officials. Growers Split There was a split of opinion among those who already grow marijuana and make it the biggest cash crop in California.Some growers were afraid that legalizing recreational use would drop the price of pot so far that they could go bankrupt. Others thought that wider weed use could lead to bigger profits as pot-heavy parts of the state - particularly the "Emerald Triangle" of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties - offered boutique weed-using experiences along the lines of Napa Valley and its wine industry.The situation was muddied further when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law Sept. 30 that dropped the penalty for possession of an ounce of pot from a misdemeanor to an infraction punishable by a $100 fine.Roger Salazar, spokesman for Public Safety First, the principal organization opposing the measure, said the infraction law, Holder's pronouncement and the overwhelming opposition to Prop. 19 by newspaper editorial boards up and down the state had swung the election to his side."All of those things put together made voters take pause and say, 'Hey, maybe we ought to re-read this thing and see what it actually does - and more importantly, what it doesn't do, " Salazar said."The risks of legalizing a drug for the first time was too scary for people."Also on Bay Area ballots were six local measures proposing taxes or controls on medical marijuana. All were passing handily.Among them were Berkeley's Measure S, which will impose a 2.5 percent tax on medical pot. Measure T amends Berkeley's medicinal pot ordinance to restrict dispensaries to commercial areas, and limit cultivation, baking and product development of weed to six locations.Other cities whose voters opted to impose new marijuana taxes were Oakland, San Jose, Albany and Richmond.This article appeared on page A - 16 of the San Francisco Chronicle.Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: November 3, 2010Copyright: 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: URL:   -- Cannabis  Archives

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Comment #6 posted by DrDunkleosteus on November 04, 2010 at 05:05:57 PT:

Perfect attitude. We tested the waters with prop 19 and we came within 8 points. 8 mere points. Adjust your scope, compensate for wind and distance, deep breath...
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Comment #5 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on November 03, 2010 at 23:47:54 PT

"Men, women, Democrats, Republicans - 
all types of voters voted against this measure."Men, women, Democrats, Republicans - all types of voters voted against for this measure, too.
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on November 03, 2010 at 16:53:59 PT:

Lick the wounds, yes
And while you're at it, sharpen the claws. Because we got real close, this time. And the opposition, for all their loud crowing, have dark, wet stains in their undies.It was not a 'resounding defeat'. It was a squeaker. How much of one we'll know for sure when the provisional and absentee ballots are counted in December. But know this: the prohibs are going to take us very seriously, from now on.When I was on active duty, many ages ago, I learned how to call artillery barrages; a round would fall short, you adjusted your aim and them WHAM, no more target. That's what 19 was; an exercise in bracketing. We have gained the experience and strategy necessary to win from this loss. Next time, we won't miss the mark. And the prohibs know it.
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Comment #2 posted by keydet46 on November 03, 2010 at 13:36:01 PT:

British study
"Marijuana More Harmful Than Drugs Previously Considered Worse, Per New Scientific Study". And now here comes the reefer madness. This is what one group got out of the British study that says alcohol is more dangerous than crack or heroine. When the facts don't prove your point they just twist the facts!

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Comment #1 posted by Brandon Perera on November 03, 2010 at 12:03:27 PT:

Just like the election in 2008. Ron Paul was forced out
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