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MAPTalk-Digest Monday, November 8 2010 Volume 10 : Number 054

001 Covering all the initiatives, etc. live
    From: Richard Lake <>
002 US CA: Youth Vote Falters; Prop. 19 Falls Short 
    From: Richard Lake <>
003 Check out Jodie Emery's Blog
    From: Richard Lake <>


Subj: 001 Covering all the initiatives, etc. live
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 21:03:38 -0700

Covering all the initiatives, etc. live


Subj: 002 US CA: Youth Vote Falters; Prop. 19 Falls Short 
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 06:46:58 -0700

Newshawk: NO 54% - YES 46% - 93% of precincts reporting
Pubdate: Wed, 3 Nov 2010
Page: A17
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles Times
Authors: John Hoeffel, Reporting from Los Angeles, Maria L. La Ganga, 
Reporting from Oakland
Cited: Proposition 19
Bookmark: (Proposition 19)


California Would Have Become the First State to Allow Marijuana to Be 
Sold for Recreational Use.

After taking a serious look at legalizing marijuana, Californians 
voted Tuesday to reject Proposition 19, which would have made the 
state the first to allow the drug to be sold for recreational use.

The measure drew strong support from voters younger than 25, as the 
campaign had hoped, but those voters did not turn out in unusually 
high numbers, according to a state exit poll. The initiative also 
failed to win over the moderate voters who make up the state's 
decisive swing vote.

The San Francisco Bay Area was the only region to tilt toward the 
measure, but it did so just slightly. In Los Angeles County, where a 
quarter of the state's voters live, the initiative lost.

Despite a potential double-digit loss, marijuana-legalization 
advocates said the proposition had transformed talk about legal pot 
from a late-night punch line into a serious policy matter.

"This has been a watershed moment," said Stephen Gutwillig, the 
California director for the Drug Policy Alliance, which waged an 
extensive ad campaign for the measure. "Even in defeat, Proposition 
19 has moved marijuana legalization into the mainstream of American politics."

Tuesday's vote was just the first round, say legalization advocates, 
who are aiming measures at the 2012 ballot in Washington, Oregon, 
Colorado and very likely California. But it's also the second time in 
two years that California voters have rejected an initiative to 
soften penalties for drug crimes.

"The cover of the book looked nice, but it didn't read very well," 
said Roger Salazar, the spokesman for the opposition campaign. "This 
specific initiative was massively flawed."

Richard Lee, the medical marijuana entrepreneur who spearheaded the 
initiative and spent $1.5 million on the historic campaign, pledged 
to work with the initiative's critics to draft a new one.

"We won tonight. We won for the last six months, the last year, all 
the years we've been fighting. We're going to keep fighting," Lee 
told supporters who gathered inside and outside Oaksterdam 
University, the Oakland medical marijuana trade school he founded.

California's 1996 medical marijuana initiative, the first in the 
nation, has led to more liberal attitudes toward pot nationwide as 
similar programs spread to 13 other states and the nation's capital. 
On Tuesday, voters in Arizona and South Dakota were deciding whether 
to approve programs; voters in Oregon were weighing whether to allow 
storefront dispensaries.

Proposition 19's backers had hoped voters worried about the economy 
would embrace the measure as a way to raise new taxes. In 10 cities, 
including San Jose, Sacramento and Long Beach, voters appeared to be 
overwhelmingly approving taxes on medical and recreational marijuana.

Passage of Proposition 19 would have vaulted the state into unmapped 
territory, invigorated the movement to legalize marijuana and set up 
a dramatic confrontation with the federal government.

The initiative would have eliminated all criminal penalties for 
adults 21 and older who planted marijuana in a plot of up to 25 
square feet or possessed up to an ounce for personal use. It also 
would have allowed city councils and county supervisors to authorize 
commercial cultivation and retail sales.

But the opposition was broad, according to the poll conducted by 
Edison Research for the National Voter Pool, a consortium of the 
major television news networks and the Associated Press. Men and 
women opposed it. Voters of every race opposed it. The campaign had 
hoped black and Latino voters would see the measure as a way to end 
disproportionate arrests of minorities caught with marijuana.

The measure drew intense interest. Foreign leaders weighed in. All 
the top statewide candidates opposed it. The federal drug czar 
denounced it. And the U.S. attorney general pledged to "vigorously 
enforce" federal narcotics laws whatever California did.

Americans tuned in to the Proposition 19 debate. More than four 
decades after the war on drugs was declared, the country is almost 
evenly divided on whether to legalize marijuana.

In California, half of the voters consistently tell pollsters they 
favor legal marijuana and a tenth are unsure. In September, support 
for the initiative crept above the halfway mark, triggering euphoria 
among advocates. But voters became skeptical about the details.

Opponents exploited their doubts by mocking it in radio ads and 
suggesting that it would create an epidemic of dope-addled teenagers, 
motorists and nurses. Proponents said it would control marijuana as 
alcohol is controlled, allow police to focus on serious crimes, 
curtail the black market and raise billions in taxes, but they opened 
themselves to criticism by overstating those claims.

Lee once hoped to raise $20 million for the campaign, but big-money 
donors stayed out until the end. Proponents raised about $4.2 
million, almost a third in the last two weeks. 


Subj: 003 Check out Jodie Emery's Blog
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 07:48:51 -0800

Campaigning in California for Cannabis Legalization

Please check out the pictures, also!




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