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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Sorry, Spicoli

This despite years and years of relentless pro-drug propaganda and the usual leftist appeal to race and class divisions:

California's initiative, which would have allowed adults age 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana, failed 54 to 46 percent. An Associated Press analysis of exit and pre-election polls found voters opposed Prop 19 regardless of race, gender, income or education level.

Blacks and Latinos, for example, opposed the measure at about the same rate as whites. That despite evidence that pot advocates presented during the campaign that minorities are disproportionately arrested on marijuana offenses.

In a time when society is more and more realizing the social costs of intoxication, legalizing a substance whose only real purpose is intoxication is a tough sell.

One that even permissive Californians wouldn't buy.

It was a bad night for tokers in other states too, as Arizona, Oregon, and South Dakota voters rejected marijuana liberalization attempts.


Kent said...

Slightly off topic--but I believe related in a bigger level is the fact that in San Francisco (of all places) the voters approved a city ordinance prohibiting sitting or lying on sidewalks during daytime hours. I think it indicates that even in the nation's most liberal city the tolerance for anti-social behavior has limits . . . and perhaps San Francisco has reached its limits in this area.

Roger said...

Update: Arizona did pass the medical pot initiative.

Tom McKenna said...

Thanks, corrected.

I think on election night it was called the other way, and even the NORML site called it a loss, although I can't find that story now.