UPDATE III: BBC Breaking News has twittered: “California voters have rejected a measure – Proposition 19 – which would have fully legalised use of marijuana, from Reuters”.
There you have it.
What Killed Prop. 19? (read it here, LA Weekly). The article calls Prop. 19 “…more than a pipe dream. A long-shot campaign by a one-man band…turned into a bona fide movement to reconsider America’s long-standing marijuana prohibition.”
The LA Times has just posted, Voter Voices: Projected defeat of Prop. 19 is met with humor, disappointment by marijuana legalization backers (read it here)
UPDATE II: LA Weekly Blogs reports Fox News has projected Prop. 19 to fail. California’s Prop. 19 Election Results: Legalizing Marijuana Initiative Looks Like It Failed (read it here).
UPDATE: Prop 19 results appear grim if the exit polls are any indication. Read the latest from the LA Times, Prop. 19 headed to defeat, exit polls show (find it here).
I’m coming to you live from the heart of Los Angeles (I won’t say any more, in case you have a grudge against me and are actively seeking me out). The air is abuzz with election energy. The Prop 19 results have yet to come in.
I’m not too interested in Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman (governor’s race), although I do fear Whitman as governor of California. So, maybe I am interested.
What I want to talk to you about from the heart of L.A. is Proposition 19. The initiative to decriminalize marijuana. A report from Reason.com called Some Encouraging News from the Field for Prop 19 (read it here), says thus:
From the Yes on 19 campaign itself, their on-the-ground troops are reporting “youth turnout is so high that the polling locations at San Diego State University has completely run out of provisional ballots. We’re hearing that it will take 3 or 4 more hours to re-stock the ballots here.”
Well, let’s hope this has some bearing on the outcome, though past guarantees are no performance of future results, and all that.
That’s the latest, as I said, from Reason.com about the fight to decriminalize marijuana in the state of California.
I personally don’t smoke weed, but I am in full support of decriminalizing pot. I, like any perceptive citizen of California, or America, understand that throwing non-violent ‘weed-smokers’ in prison eats up large amounts of taxpayer dollars to house, once again, non-violent pot smokers, and also, police have more on their plate if they have to patrol cities like Los Angeles for real crimes (rape, murder, gang activity, the dealing of ‘hard’ dangerous drugs like crack-cocaine) and watch out for those boys and girls who like to smoke pot.
The police have to babysit us. Instead of watching over the people, the police are forced to watch the people. Sniff for pot smoke.
I hope Proposition 19 passes. I hope pot is decriminalized. And I hope the Feds and California spar until America’s ridiculous and embarrassing (read Ronald Regan) ‘drug war’ finally comes to a close. And I do think the legalizing of marijuana will be the catalyst that starts ending the ‘war on drugs’.
And I hope Ronald Regan rolls in his grave and finds he can’t get out. Also, Eric Holder comes to mind. Somebody, anybody, maybe even me, if given the chance, should blow a huge plume of marijuana smoke in Holder’s face and say, “Step off me man!”
Stop playacting importance over American citizens!
Read, Eric Holder to Prosecute Distribution, Possession If Prop. 19 Passes (read here).
Stay tuned for more as the news ‘rolls’ in….