CC Goes to California: Marijuana Legalization Vote in Photos

Cannabis Culture was in Oaksterdam for the historic vote on Proposition 19, the California ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. Though we lost the vote by less than 4%, it was an amazing experience to be so close to the action and take part in one of the most significant campaigns in cannabis history. Check out the photos I snapped on our trip:

The first gallery shows Princess of Pot Jodie Emery and me on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley on Monday, November 1. Jodie gave a speech (video coming soon) and we took part in the rally. The Berkeley campus was packed with students during the lunch hour who passed by and heard “Yes on Prop 19” campaigners talk about the benefits of legalizing marijuana in California.

Another activist and I started an interesting conversation with a police officer who was watching the rally. He gave the ‘thumbs down’ at first, but after a short discussion he agreed that legalizing harmless flowers would make his job easier.

Jodie and I made our way to Broadway, home of Oaksterdam University, headquarters of the Yes on 19 Campaign. Activists conversed with the media and volunteers worked the telephones to get out the vote.

That night we took the BART train to San Francisco for dinner and then took a driving tour through the city thanks to our good friend, Green Aid activist Angela Bacca and her awesome Chevy Celebrity.

On the morning of November 2 we attended the official “Yes on 19” press conference and listened to impassioned speeches by supporters of the campaign. Unfortunately, when we returned to Campaign headquarters, we bumped into some of the “No on 19” people, or as we like to call them, “Prohibition Profiteers” (that, or “useful idiots” to the Prohibition Profiteers).

On November 2 we teamed up with CC Advertising Manager Britney Anne who co-hosted our LIVE 8-hour webcast to the world (Click here to watch video of our webcast on the Cannabis Culture USTREAM Page. From outside Oaksterdam U’s new building, we kept audiences up to date (with the help of some informative commenters) on the vote numbers and talked to activists including the man who made Prop 19 possible, Richard Lee.

Though we didn’t win this time, we all felt this was a pivotal event in the fight to legalize marijuana and learned a lot for the next campaign in 2012.

More info, videos, and analysis on the Prop 19 vote coming soon to CC.

Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.

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  1. JosephC on

    I just wanted to relate an interesting conversation, which I overheard the end of. This was the week before the elections of 2Nov2010. I was waiting in the examination room at my optometrist office and another patient of my optometrist, whom I did not know, nor did I see, was addressing my optometrist in the hallway, he said, that he thought California’s Proposition 19, to legalize Marijuana was foolishness. His reasoning was that legal medications could do all, or more, than marijuana could, and that voters who were for Proposition 19, simply wanted to get high on marijuana, and there were already too many people high on marijuana.

    I couldn’t help thinking, “how does, other people using marijuana to get high, hurt you”? They are already doing it, and it hasn’t hurt you yet. With it being illegal, they are avoiding paying any taxes on any aspect of its production, distribution, or use (except for legal medicinal purposes). If it were legalized, at least, it could be taxed and taxes used for other, more “socially acceptable” purposes, other than to support the black market and drug cartels.