Hey 19: Marijuana legalization ballot measure assigned a number

June 29, 2010

Proposition 19.

Get used to it, because you’re going to be bombarded for the next four months by a cacophony of media messages concerning Proposition 19, which is now the official designation for the November ballot measure involving marijuana legalization. [FireDogLake.com]

The California Secretary of State’s office assigned the number 19 to the ballot measure this week. A “Yes” vote in November means you support marijuana legalization in California.

Political junkies probably know that Sacramento restarts the counter for proposition numbers every ten years, last doing so in 2008.

Marijuana legalization first made the California ballot back in 1972–when it was also called Proposition 19.

A poll taken by the Los Angeles Times in May showed that 49 percent of the residents favor legalization and 41 percent are opposed.


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5 Comments

  1. Concerned Parent says:

    Share the links. Register. Vote. Change things.
    Safer than aspirin; less addictive than coffee. Register. Vote. Change things.
    Here are the links to REGISTER TO VOTE. And while we’re talking, tell people to be on the watch for the “October Surprise”, some trumped-up bad “news” about marijuana that will be intended to persuade voters at the last minute. Register to VOTE and tell your friends to not fall for the “October Surprise!”
    (Remove the spaces in the h t t p :// w w w portions of the link and then paste the link into your browser)
    ARIZONA citizens can register to vote at h t t p ://w w w .azsos.gov/election/voterregistration.htm
    until October 3, 2010.
    CALIFORNIA citizens can register to vote at
    h t t p s://w w w .sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/ Just fill out the form and mail it in!
    COLRADO citizens can register to vote at h t t p ://w w w .sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/ . There’s a link in the “Voter Information” section.
    GEORGIA citizens can register to vote at h t t p ://w w w .sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_registration/voter_reg_app.htm until October 4, 2010.
    KANSAS citizens can register to vote at
    h t t p s://w w w .kdor.org/voterregistration/Default.aspx until October 16 or 17, 2010.
    MAINE citizens have to register in person; you can read about it at h t t p ://w w w .maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voterguide.html all the way up until election day!
    MICHIGAN citizens can register to vote at
    h t t p ://w w w .michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-50050_50420-175878–,00.html until October 1, 2010.
    MINNESOTA citizens can register to vote at h t t p ://w w w .sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204 until October 10, 2010.
    MONTANA citizens can check their registration status and find other information at h t t p s://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/ or get the voter registration form at h t t p ://w w w .co.yellowstone.mt.gov/elections/ (sorry, I couldn’t find a state-wide site!)
    NEVADA citizens can register to vote at h t t p ://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=76 until October 12.
    NORTH CAROLINA citizens can register to vote at
    h t t p ://w w w .sboe.state.nc.us/content.aspx?id=23 until October 7, 2010.
    OREGON citizens can register online at
    h t t p ://w w w .sos.state.or.us/elections/votreg/vreg.htm until October 16.
    SOUTH DAKOTA citizens can get the voter registration form online at
    h t t p ://w w w .sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/registrationvoting.shtm until October 10.
    WASHINGTON citizens can register online at
    h t t p ://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/voterinformation/Pages/RegistertoVote.aspx
    until October 4, 2010.
    Other states: Google your State name and the phrase “voter registration” to find out how to REGISTER TODAY so you can VOTE.
    I may be a day or two off on some of the registration dates, so (1) get this done early and (2) even if you get this info on or after the dates I’ve listed, go ahead and try to register. This is our chance to make a difference!
    Go online right now and get this one behind you, and you can vote in November!

    (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down
  2. rogerfreberg says:

    Well, don’t get all worked up fellas. The bill is going to pass… unfortunately. When 80% of college students (albeit a small sample) say they plan to vote for passage, then it is probably going to happen.

    I have some concern about the unintended effects of passage and what might happen down the road… and maybe things have to get worse to get better… but I still won’t vote for it.

    Bill was truthful as far as he went… but his omissions were very telling. Here is but one example: Bill mentions China as repressive , but they are a drug free and productive culture. They weren’t always so and it took extreme measures to change China’s thirst for drugs…. measures that were far more draconian than applied in this country today.

    I guess we’ll just have to watch and see what happens.

    (-12) 18 Total Votes - 3 up - 15 down
  3. asthecrowphlies says:

    bill you went with the shot gun affect , i like it . i can’t tell if your head is in a medium or high orbit , but i like it . let’s see , prop. 19 does not involve gay marriage . abortion or taxing the church , so maybe we won’t see the utah mormons coming into calif. to campaign against it and tell us how to live our lives .

    (-1) 9 Total Votes - 4 up - 5 down
  4. Bill Harris says:

    One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to the ongoing open season on hippies, commies, and non-whites in the war on drugs. Cops get good performance reviews for shooting fish in a barrel. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance global credibility.

    The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. Behold, it’s all good. When Eve ate the apple, she knew a good apple, and an evil prohibition. Canadian Marc Emery was extradited to prison for helping American farmers reduce U. S. demand for Mexican pot.

    The CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) reincarnates Al Capone, endangers homeland security, and throws good money after bad. Fiscal policy burns tax dollars to root out the number-one cash crop in the land, instead of taxing sales. Society rejected the plague of prohibition, but it mutated. Apparently, SWAT teams don’t need no stinking amendment.

    Nixon passed the CSA on the false assurance that the Schafer Commission would later justify criminalizing his enemies, but he underestimated Schafer’s integrity. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA shut down research, and pronounced that marijuana has no medical use. Former U.K. chief drugs advisor Prof. Nutt was sacked for revealing that non-smoked cannabis intake is scientifically healthy.

    The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. Americans shouldn’t need a specific church membership or an act of Congress to obtain their birthright freedom of religion. God’s children’s free exercise of religious liberty may include entheogen sacraments to mediate communion with their maker.

    Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

    Common-law holds that adults are the legal owners of their own bodies. The Founding Fathers undersigned that the right to the pursuit of happiness is inalienable. Socrates said to know your self. Mortal lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration. Liberty is prerequisite for tracking drug-use intentions and outcomes.

    (18) 26 Total Votes - 22 up - 4 down

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