California’s Prop. 19, Results a No-Go
On November 2, 2010 California voter’s rejected a recent initiative known as proposition 19, which would have legalized small amounts of recreational marijuana. The state of California is the place where controversial issues receive much attention and this one had the whole U.S. watching. This initiative arrived fourteen years after California decided to approve medical use for marijuana.
The State’s voters disagreed by a small margin on this issue. What this law allowed was for the use of marijuana to be available for any adult over 21 to grow or posses the could have been legal narcotic. The cultivation would have given anybody in the state of California 25 feet to grow. But, this isn’t to say that the federal law would have accepted a yes result. The feds were not going to allow the change and would prosecute anybody going against federal laws.
Gil Kerlikowske, the White House’s drug policy director stated in an e-mail “Today, Californians recognized that legalizing marijuana will not make our citizens healthier, solve California’s budget crisis, or reduce drug related violence in Mexico. The Obama Administration has been clear in its opposition to marijuana legalization because research shows that marijuana use is associated with voluntary treatment admissions for addiction, fatal drugged driving accidents, mental illness, and emergency room admissions.”
Much support had turned out for the measure, but it was just too late by the time any real donations came in. This was until George Soros donated $1 million to the Yes on Proposition 19 campaign. This brought the total amount of donations to $2 million and outweighing the “no” side 10-1. Soon after Snoop Dogg, The Far East Movement, and many other celebrities have came out with their optimistic attitudes for the measure.
Within the ever so popular Facebook realm, the Proposition 19 measure had over 225,000 followers. This is more than any initiative in California has ever amassed. The Proposition was huge among you voters. Many felt they would have turned out to the polls and had their say at the last minute. But, the faulty detail that this measure had within its binds were not as clear as an initiative should be. This is one of the many reasons Proposition 19 was a no-go.