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Prop. 19: Marijuana initiative drew strongest support in Bay Area, but failed in 'Emerald Triangle'

Proposition 19, the measure to legalize marijuana in California, drew its strongest support in the Bay Area, passing in San Francisco and five nearby counties.

San Francisco voters were most ready to see legal weed sold in their neighborhoods, favoring the measure 65% to 35%. Voters in the Central Coast counties of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, as well as those in Alpine and Mono counties on the state’s eastern border, backed the initiative. Los Angeles County, where a quarter of the state’s voters live, tilted against the initiative, voting 53% to 47% against it.

Some cities in the county, including Los Angeles, were unprepared for the rapid increase in medical marijuana dispensaries and have struggled to regulate them. The heaviest opposition to Proposition 19 came in Colusa County, where 68% of the voters opposed it.

The measure would have allowed cities and counties to approve the commercial cultivation and retail sales of marijuana, as well as impose taxes. It would also have allowed adults 21 and older to grow up to 25 square feet of marijuana and possess up to an ounce.

Voters in the "Emerald Triangle," where a segment of the economy depends on marijuana, did not take a shine to Proposition 19. The initiative had sparked a vigorous debate among growers about whether legalized weed would help or hurt Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.

Although the initiative could have allowed the underground industry to surface, possibly turning the region into the marijuana equivalent of California’s tourist-drawing wine country, it also could also have caused the price of marijuana to drop, possibly even precipitously.

The 11 counties that approved Proposition 19 are: Alameda, Alpine, Marin, Mono, Monterey, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. Here's a map spelling it all out.


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-- John Hoeffel

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I'm actually surprised that nearly half the voters in the state support legalization. With a bigger turnout, like two years from now, I think it can pass. Of course, it might have passed this time if one considers the "felons" who are legally barred from voting, unregistered dopers who just don't see the point of registering and you stoners who are too high to find the polling place or just couldn't figure out where to vote yes on the ballot. Like alcohol, using marijuana should somehow be banned on election day.

Shocking! But that the ones who are making a living from it now liking the status quo isn't so surprising.

maduceone - Actually more than half of the Californian population supports legalizing marijuana according to polls taken long before the Prop 19 campaign began. But not everybody votes, and voter turnout during midterms is even less than during a presidential election. Only about 7 million people voted on proposition 19 out of about 40 million Californian residents. Had this campaign taken place during a presidential election things could have turned out much differently.

The campaign also had its share of flaws. They failed to address medical marijuana patients concerns that this would interfere with their access to medical marijuana, they couldn't even convince northern marijuana growers that produce most of California's medical marijuana that this would help their business.

All one has to do is look at the counties that rejected Prop 19 and you can see why it failed. Some of the more liberal parts of the state that one would assume would support this proposition did not. There really was no campaign against prop 19 so the only ones to blame are the people who ran it, however, it could have been run much, much worse so they do deserve some credit for at least running a respectable campaign that wasn't mocked by voters, it was simply vote, vote, pass for most of them.

Reading this article you would have thought that California overwhelmingly defeated Prop 19. However looking at the stats it reveals a different story. Voters were split 54 to 46 percent. The propositions only lost by a margin of 8 percent. Hardly a resounding victory for those who oppose the legalization of cannabis.
Now the special interest groups responsible for the defeat of Prop 19 need to send a big bouquet of California Roses to the President of the United States and his hinge-man, Attorney General Holder. His intervention and Holders comment swayed many, including the L A Times, and was an unnecessary intervention into California’s election process. I thought he was interested in helping the people, now we know he wants to imprison them. His fellow Blacks should be in an uproar regarding the actions of this administration.
The Corportocracy will be supporting Obama in his 2012 reelection bid.

Legalized weed means you have to own the land you grow it on. You can grow it indoors...you have more control that way.. but you are limited by space and power requirements. Also, Prop. 19 allowed for personal cultivation of marijuana, so every San Francisco resident could grow a certain amount for their own use. The reason prop. 19 failed in Humboldt & Mendecino counties is that the growers there are not interested in its recreational use, they are interested in its commercial use. And so is the $$tate of California.

Ron is a nuckle head, the President is half white and why would black people be upset because prop 19 did not pass? if thats what you are indicating then thats why I called you a nuckle head.

Just want to point out to some commentors below that allowing felonious "dopers" to vote would have only increased the NO votes. Almost everyone who makes money off the legal AND illicit marijuana markets voted NO, because it would ruin their livelihood. Many thousands of "no" votes on 19 were from those who make a convenient living, or even the occasional twenty bucks (like thousands of college students), from selling weed.

It's weird to see social conservatives and drug dealers voting so strongly the same way on an issue. It clearly shows the ignorance of those social conservatives who want to curb marijuana use. Prop 19 was social conservatives and drug dealers vs. everyone else. I just want social conservatives to realize that.

I used to grow some of the best purple Afghani skunk ever, but I don't smoke dope any longer... since the 80's, so I have no personal stake in this comment;
I hope it sinks in on those of you who voted against Prop 19;
The deaths to come and the unnecessary suffering of those prosecuted and incarcerated for marijuana "crimes" AND THE COSTS TO INCARCERATE THOSE ARRESTED hang on each one of you and your karma!

I don't understand why anyone is surprised by the results. I was clenching my jaw hoping against all hope that this wasn't going to turn out like Prop 8, where common sense dictated that Los Angelenos would vote "no". Alas, we have not learned from history or precedent.

Los Angelenos once again decided that it wasn't important enough for them to go to the polls and exercise their PRIVILEGE. Instead, they choose to dig a hole and bury their heads in the sand, hoping that others will make the effort and do all the work for them.

Now, watch. They're all going to cry "fault", "blame", and whine whine whine.

I'm so disgusted.

Best thing that could happen to pot is the precipitous drop in prices. This would immediately bankrupt the killers, drug dealers, and gangs that depend on it for their life blood. It's too bad we have to wait longer for this to pass. Hope we don't end up in a war in Mexico before it happens.

looks like all the ones smoking the stuff went to the polls in California. Jerry Brown? Give me a break!

Hopefully this Prop 19 vote will open the eyes of those who want to eat, smoke, ingest, digest, assimilate, breathe, hear, smell, taste, or whatever in whatever end of the body is necessary to whatever; and let them grow up and act adult as opposed to grow marijuana and act more like children.


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