Another marijuana legalization vote in 2012? Some Prop. 19 backers already planning on it. A good idea?
California voters rejected Proposition 19, 54% to 46%. But backers of the bid to legalize marijuana are already talking about putting another measure on the ballot in 2012 -- and they believe they have a good shot at winning this time.
As The Times' John Hoeffel reports, backers point to a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner survey that found voters favor legalization 49% to 41%, with 10% uncertain. And 52% said that marijuana laws, like alcohol prohibition, do more harm than good.
They see the election as a trial run that could lead to a campaign with a better message, a tighter measure and more money. Both the winning and losing sides say California's voters rejected this specific initiative, but remain open to legalizing the easily obtainable drug.
The proponents have a huge head start compared to where they were two years ago. At that time, regulating and taxing marijuana was the dream of a handful of Oakland activists. Now, the campaign has a broader base of supporters, including labor and civil rights leaders. Big-money donors have shown a keen interest. And the state's electorate and media have seriously debated the issue.
Should California vote again on pot legalization? Will the political climate improve, or are backers smoking something? Share your views.
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