Legalize Marijuana Prop 19 Defeated in California

HopeTracker| California’s controversian Proposition 19 — a law to legalize the personal growth, use, and distribution of marijuana — appears to have been defeated by a wide margin across the state. The campaign drew strong support from voters under 25, but not enough of them turned out in numbers required to pass the initiative.

“This has been a watershed moment,” said Stephen Gutwillig, the California director for the Drug Policy Alliance, which waged an extensive ad campaign for the measure. “Even in defeat, Proposition 19 has moved marijuana legalization into the mainstream of American politics.”

Supporters vow to press on.