Californians Love Pot As A Political Issue, Even If They Voted Against Legalizing It
Californians, you like your pot.
Merry Christmas, haters.
Or rather, you like marijuana legalization as a political issue. Because, according to the latest, greatest Public Policy Institute of California Poll, the state's legalization effort, Prop. 19, got the most interest of any issue on the November ballot.
Yep. The big deal on the ballot was the question of whether you should be able to have an ounce of pot (without a doctor's note) if you're 21 or older.
Of the nine propositions on the November statewide ballot, Proposition 19--the unsuccessful measure to legalize marijuana--attracted the most interest among voters, and those who voted against it felt more strongly about the outcome than those who voted yes.
According to the survey, 38 percent of you put Prop. 19 at the top of your to-vote-for list, followed by 16 percent who thought Prop. 23, the measure that would have put the brakes on California's global warming limits, was worth going to the polls for.
But wait, there's more: The PPIC recycled some deets on who voted against Prop. 19 (so you stoners can give these people dirty looks): "Republicans (73%), Latinos (60%), whites (53%), women (58%), and older voters (58% ages 35 and older) voted no," the PPIC states.
There you go.
The top reason you cited to vote yes for legalization? Not freedom. Not decriminalization. No. Money: " ... The top reason given by those voting yes is that it would have allowed marijuana to be taxed (29 percent)," according to the survey.
There you have it, potheads. Stuff to consider for 2012.