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Prop 19 was a controversial ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. It did not pass. Proposition 19 of California or Proposition 19 was not successful. For the most part, it looks like a sound defeat. The polling indicated a 54 to 46 defeat. Few areas in California voted positively for the measure. It was a noble effort, though. California would have legalized marijuana had it passed.

Proposition 19 failed

Many wanted to know what was going to happen with Prop 19 as California is a state that often sets national standards. Prop 19 in California, the controversial measure that would have legalized marijuana, failed to gather enough votes to pass. The only area that passed the measure was San Francisco, and it barely mustered sufficient votes to pass there. San Franciscans approved the measure, according to the Los Angeles Times, 51 percent to 49 percent in exit polls. Though the final voting results won’t be available for some time, there is every indication that California’s Prop 19 was defeated 54 percent to 46 percent, according to CNN.

Measure something younger voters wanted

Those younger than 29 were the ones who did vote for Prop 19. This is what the exit polls show. Only 36 percent of voters 18 to 24 were against the measure. About 64 percent were for it passing. Among those 25 to 29, 48 percent were against the measure. People 65 and older were the sternest opposition, as more than 67 percent were against Prop 19. Republicans were also strongly opposed, with more than 70 percent of California Republicans voting against the measure. And 55 percent of democrats wanted the measure to pass while 45 percent were against it. This is close to the 54 percent for and 46 percent against that came from independents. Among those with only a high school education or less, only 39 percent voted to legalize marijuana.

Stopping it is required

Medical marijuana is quite common in California as the laws there are pretty relaxed. George Soros, the billionaire, donated last minute to get Prop 19 passed. Californians will have to be content with the current laws or wait until 2012 for a full legalization campaign again.

Citations

Los Angeles Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2010/11/prop-19-to-legalize-pot-had-strong-support-from-young-but-only-the-bay-area-tilted-toward-the-measure-exit-polls-found.html

CNN: http://cnn.com/ELECTION/2010/results/individual/#CAI01

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