|Now, that's an understatement|
The fact that Proposition 19 lost in California's infamous marijuana-growing region known as the "Emerald Triangle" of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties, leads to the conclusion, as discussed in an earlier FugginSuggin article, that the reason for the initiative's failure is due to the fact that many in the current medical marijuana industry feared the profitable system they have created would be taken over by corporations or lose its purpose because of government regulation. Discourse with "Yes to Prop 19" campaigners led to the consensus that many supporters of marijuana legalization, including growers, dispensary owners, and the every day pot smoker, feared the increased government control, regulation, and taxation powers over the existing medical marijuana industry. They feared that Prop 19 would ultimately lead to the survival of only expansive corporate powers, as only they could afford to thrive in the proposed post-Prop 19 arena. Therefore, in reality, Prop 19 did not pass for a legitimate and hopefully progressive reason -- the inherent and pervasive distrust of our government, due especially to the "survival of the wealthiest" nature of our capitalist society.
Maybe the failure of Prop 19 also had something to do with the consistent low turnout of young Americans on election day. I totally understand that as the U.S. political system (+ voting system, justice system, economic policies, etc. etc.) is frustrating, disheartening, and contrary to common sense in many ways, especially to younger Americans that cannot get past their view of voting as futile and pointless. Also, older voters have been sufficiently propagandized into thinking that marijuana is a "gateway" drug, and smoking marijuana makes you a giggling, hallucinating idiot.
|One of the many signs of the Rally To Support Sanity/Fear|