San Francisco is known for the freedom and peace that it’s citizens and event-goers strive for. It’s the mainstream for events, such as the well-known, “Love Fest,” as well as many other events held yearly. So what do most people think of when they hear about these events? That it’s an event just made for hippies and marijuana smokers. And if you are one of the people that thinks this, you would be wrong. There are a lot of politics and political followers that have strong views on getting rid of marijuana everywhere. So how many people are actually going to vote for Prop 19?
For those that don’t follow the elections or tend to read the news, Proposition 19 would legalize possession and growing of marijuana for adults. As you know, medical marijuana is already sold for medical purposes to those that hold on to a cannabis card. If Prop 19 passed, anybody would be legally allowed to purchase marijuana. However, localities would be able to force license fees for any kind of pot-related sales, as well as tax the product.
According to the local news, evidence shows that it’s a close vote as of right now to whether Prop 19 is going to pass or not. The voters pro legalizing marijuana started to soar past the apposing votes, but as of a recent poll, more people are starting to vote against it.
The brain behind Proposition 19 is from Oakland, California, which is located right next to San Francisco. His name is Richard Lee, and happens to be a medical marijuana entrepreneur through Oaksterdam University. Through all of the anti-drug campaigns, he still stays strong and believes that Prop 19 will pass. About two million dollars has been spent to pass this prop, though you will probably notice that there aren’t any commercials to vote yes. It’s all through media, phone calls and volunteers to promote legalizing marijuana through people passing by in the streets.
Another fear from legalizing marijuana is for the loss of the medical marijuana users. In Oakland, medical marijuana is the biggest revenue of sales tax profits. However Stephen Gulliwig, who is currently trying to pass the legalization of marijuana, claims that the controversy is, “an intra-community squabble that won’t affect the outcome.”
So why the more recent votes against Prop 19? A political science professor from San Francisco State University says that, “this is such a touchy subject you have to be careful.” Which means that most people fear what would happen if Proposition 19 passed. Would there be more crime, or would there be less crime? Would it help the debt or help us get out of debt?”
The election is over on November 2ND, 2010.