Tuesday was a very important day as American citizens visited their local poles to cast their votes. For Californians, today was especially monumental. Proposition 19, aka The Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, proposed that a law be passed allowing adults in California age 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. The law would also allow for adults to smoke the drug in non-public places, and to grow the drug in small private plots. The proposition was created as a way to generate sales revenue as well as reduce the crime related to marijuana. Millions of dollars are spent incarcerating, defending, and supervising marijuana defenders. The law would eliminate this, and allow funds to be used in other areas. The taxation of marijuana would also provide money for the struggling economy. Obama’s administration announced that they were opposed to prop 19 because marijuana usage leads to many other serious drug addictions. So what was this outcome of this HIGHly controversial issue?
56.1% of California voters voted no to proposition 19. Many supporters of prop 19 are not disappointed. This was the first time in history that marijuana was brought up for legalization and many feel that win or lose, the issue was brought to many American’s attention and will continue to be discussed in years to come.