DISAPPOINTING RESULTS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR SELF ASSESSMENT
"Specific to marijuana-law reform, however, it appears clear that although a majority of the public supports the legalization of medical marijuana as well as the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, much of the U.S. public remains skeptical of broader-reaching proposals – particularly those that mandate the state to become involved in either the distribution or regulation of pot." — NORML Executive Director Keith Stroup
DADDY WARBUCKS IMAGE SOURS VOTER SUPPORT FOR REFORM
USA TODAY tells voters on eve of election that "two billionaires and a multimillionaire are bankrolling campaigns to legalize or decrease penalties for marijuana in three states and Washington, D.C.," while opponents say "their posse of soccer moms, anti-drug groups and police officials cannot raise the money to counter the proponents’ professional media campaign."
HAS MPP LEARNED ITS LESSON?
Despite overwhelming rejection by the voters and serious questions raised by fellow reformers, Robert Kampia, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project tells the Associated Press, "We’re going to target a state in the next two to four year for the same proposal."
PROP. S: CHALLENGING THE FEDS
"While Prop. S is another step toward decriminalizing the legitimate uses of medical marijuana, it may also be seen as a challenge to the federal government. That’s a fight we cannot win." — Terence Hallinan, San Francisco District Attorney.
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