California Prop 19 and The Electoral Results
Most Californian marijuana legalization supporters were pleased with the colossal support that proposition 19 had received. But, when the actual results were in, the movement and many supporters felt defeated. This defeat is claimed to be a set way for the 2012 elections. To all of the supporters involved, proposition 19 disclosed mass support for the effort to legalize marijuana.
Proposition 19 which wanted to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes faltered to a 56% opposition. This is a very narrow gap that many seem to be blaming on the proposition’s properties of allowing each county to set it’s own rules and regulations. Though, it seems as though altogether across the U.S. May people show increased support for the legalization of recreational marijuana use. The support for medical marijuana is even at a higher percentage.
The leader of proposition 19 is known as Tim Rosales. Tim Rosales stated that “this is a resounding victory, 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.” Many voters were very confident in claiming that millions of votes to legalize recreational marijuana use could be considered a miraculous victory.
The founder of the Oaksterdam cannabis university stated “we have broken the glass ceiling. Prop. 19 has changed the terms of the debate. And that was a major strategic goal.” Which if what polls throughout America are saying, this strategic goal is very plausible. He now states that legalization of marijuana no longer is a question of if, but when. Time will only tell if this effort will bring in the freedom and revenue so many desire.
Millions of dollars were donated to Prop. 19, but many would agree it was too late. Over 1/3 of the available money cam in just one week before the actual polls took place. Many different counties and state governments had planned on earning huge revenues through this proposition and possibly help boost California’s economy and bring in additional revenue.