Voters side against legalization as Prop 19 goes up in smoke


Hopes for Prop 19 passing were dashed, as polls have showed the measure to legalize marijuana has gone to pot. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Many are asking “did Prop 19 pass?” The answer is no, it did not. Prop 19 in California, or Proposition 19, did not pass at the polls. So far the state has voted 54 percent against and 46 percent for. Few areas in California voted positively for the measure. Had the measure passed, it would have legalized marijuana in the state of California.

Prop 19 defeated

California is an anxiously watched state in many ways, as it sets many standards, and a lot of people were nervously watching the vote for Prop 19. Prop 19 in California, the controversial measure that would have legalized marijuana, failed to gather enough votes to pass. The only area that passed the measure was San Francisco, and it barely mustered sufficient votes to pass there. San Franciscans approved the measure, according to the Los Angeles Times, 51 percent to 49 percent in exit polls. Though the final voting results won’t be available for some time, there is every indication that California’s Prop 19 was defeated 54 percent to 46 percent, according to CNN.

Measure carried by younger voters

Most supporters of Prop 19 were younger people, mostly 29 years or younger, in exit polls. Voters aged 18 to 24 were the strongest supporters, with 64 percent for and 36 percent against. Voters 25 to 29 years of age were less enthusiastic, as only 52 percent for and 48 percent against. People 65 and older were the sternest opposition, as more than 67 percent were against Prop 19. Republicans were also strongly opposed, with more than 70 percent of California Republicans voting against the measure. Democrats voted 55 percent for to 45 percent against, and independents and third party candidates voted 54 percent in favor to 46 percent opposed.Voters with a high school education or less voted 61 percent against and 39 percent for.

Prohibition continues

California currently has the most permissive marijuana laws nationally, and it is a haven for medical marijuana users. The campaign to pass Prop 19 got a last minute donation from billionaire George Soros, but it wasn’t enough. Californians will have to be content with the current laws or wait until 2012 for a full legalization campaign again.


Los Angeles Times


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