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Prop. 19: Exit Polls Show Voters Split by Age

Location: 
CA
United States
Age is a major indicator of support for the measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use, according to the first wave of exit polling conducted for The Sacramento Bee and other media outlets by Edison Research.
Publication/Source: 
The Sacramento Bee (CA)
URL: 
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2010/11/youth-vote-not-there-for-marij.html

Bring on Prop. 19: Stars Who Want Their Marijuana Legal

Location: 
CA
United States
Proposition 19 would make California the first state to legalize marijuana, and plenty of celebrities have voiced their support.
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times (CA)
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-ph-celebrities-prop-19-pictures,0,2090620.photogallery

Prop. 19 Backer Richard Lee Not Ready to Count Out Pot Legalization

Location: 
CA
United States
Lee, the pot entrepreneur behind Oaksterdam University -- and the driving fiscal force behind Proposition 19 -- was decidedly noncommittal when queried about electoral success. "We did a side-by-side robo poll vs. a live one. And the robo showed it winning and the live didn't," he said.
Publication/Source: 
SF Weekly (CA)
URL: 
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/11/marijuana_prop_19_richard_lee.php

Live from UC Berkeley: Are Students Voting for Prop 19?

Location: 
Berkeley, CA
United States
Prop. 19 organizers are hoping that under-polled one-issue voters — like the college kids at Berkeley — will push them over the top. At a press conference in Oakland Tuesday morning, Aaron Houston, who heads up the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy, said it would be a "historic election" in which the youth turnout would push the marijuana measure over the top. The Bay Citizen headed to Berkeley to see what students are thinking about Prop. 19 and whether they are turning out to vote because of it.
Publication/Source: 
The Bay Citizen (CA)
URL: 
http://www.baycitizen.org/proposition-19/story/live-uc-berkeley-are-students-voting-pot/

Massive Youth Turnout Reported in San Diego

I just heard that young voter turnout from the universities in San Diego has been so huge that they ran out of ballots. If so, that would definitely be helpful for Prop 19. It could also encourage Democrats to consider supporting marijuana legalization initiatives as a future get out the vote strategy, discussions we've heard rumor of -- what a game-changer that would be. This could make a difference in the crucial CA Attorney General race as well.

On the other hand, if we lose this because they didn't print enough ballots, I'll be pretty mad.

Location: 
San Diego, CA
United States

Whether Prop 19 Passes or Not, Legalization is Now Mainstream

Please check out my editorial that ran on Alternet this morning, "Whether Prop 19 Passes or Not, Legalization is Now Mainstream."

We've all been excitedly following the Prop 19 "tax and regulate" marijuana initiative and doing what we can to help it. Tonight we'll find out what fate California voters deal to the measure. But win or lose, the events of the past few months prove that in the big picture we are clearly winning. My editorial makes that case.

Also, I was interviewed live on Colombian National Radio this morning -- would have been on Polish television too, but we missed the call. Prop 19 has international interest. You can check out the Colombia interview (which includes English translation) here.

Last but not least, if you haven't voted already, GO VOTE!

VOTE, and Other Fun and Important Info

Welcome to the special Election Day issue of Drug War Chronicle. A few fun and important notes:

  1. VOTE.
  2. If you read this soon enough, you can still phonebank (starting noon EST).
  3. Read my editorial on Alternet today to hear why win or lose today, Prop 19 has been a winner for the cause.
  4. We've focused a lot on Prop 19 this year, but there are other initiatives on today's ballots as well. This special issue has articles about initiatives in South Dakota and Oregon too (medical marijuana), and there is also a medical marijuana initiative in Arizona, and a series of local questions on the ballot in more than 70 cities across Massachusetts.
  5. Check back at http://stopthedrugwar.org today and tonight for breaking election-related news.
  6. VOTE.

A coalition of drug policy reform organizations organized a Prop 19/legalization presence at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington last weekend. A few of us made the "Sanity Restored" photogallery on the widely-read Talking Points Memo political web site. (Photo appears courtesy TPM and maletphoto.com.)


Other election-related activities included a post-rally phonebanking pizza party in the StoptheDrugWar.org/SSDP office:

Prop. 19 Supporters Say Win or Lose They've Sparked a Debate

Location: 
CA
United States
The marijuana legalization campaign said volunteers had made more than 188,500 calls to voters and hoped to hook 125,000 "Yes on 19" door-hangers on the homes of likely supporters, including young male Democrats and members of the Green and Libertarian parties. The campaign's message is, win or lose, the initiative has stimulated widespread debate and shown that the nation's ban on marijuana is destined to fall.
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times (CA)
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-marijuana-prop19-20101102,0,1118697.story

As the Marijuana Debate Heats Up, an Industry Blossoms

Location: 
CA
United States
Californians are set to vote on Proposition 19 today, which would essentially legalize recreational marijuana use in the Golden State.
Publication/Source: 
AOL News (US)
URL: 
http://smallbusiness.aol.com/2010/11/02/as-the-marijuana-debate-heats-up-an-industry-blossoms/

B.C. Bud Hangs in the Balance, as California Casts Marijuana Vote

Location: 
BC
Canada
As Californians go to the polls Tuesday night, they won't just be deciding the future of marijuana in their state - the vote may also rattle the booming B.C. bud industry. If the law passes, B.C.'s illegal pot industry - which generates between $3 billion and $7 billion a year - could take a big hit, says Darryl Plecas, a criminology professor at B.C.'s University of the Fraser Valley.
Publication/Source: 
The Gazette (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/hangs+vote/3763009/story.html

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