Marijuana Legalization Efforts Fail In California, Thanks To Money And The Feds
SF Weekly discusses why the movement to legalize marijuana has lost momentum in California and will not be on the ballot in 2012.
Few successful political movements count their finest hours a loss. Yet 2010 will remain the high-water mark of the marijuana legalization movement for at least another two years — or longer, if the federal situation worsens.
Buoyed by Oaksterdam University founder Richard Lee’s cash and energy, Proposition 19 — which would have legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of pot for adults 21 and over, and allowed cultivation of small gardens — lost in November 2010. It garnered a historic 4.6 million votes, or 46.2 percent of ballots cast.