Thursday, October 21, 2010

Prop 19 Support Starting to Mellow Out

Not to be blunt, but Proposition 19, the California ballot initiative that aims to essentially legalize marijuana and give government the power to regulate its sale and distribution, is not rolling along too well.

After enjoying leads in statewide polling for several months, Prop 19 has taken a decidedly negative turn in the polls, before leading by several points, and now trailing in several polls by large margins. As Nate Silver explains on 538, part of the reason is because the amount spent on advertising for Prop 19 totals just over $1-million, both for and against, while all four major party candidates in the gubernatorial and Senate elections have spent a total of $260 million in advertising, flooding the airwaves and dominating the political scene. Oh, and just to note, all four candidates are against Prop 19 passing, including Democrats Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, and Republicans Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorna.

What once seemed like a sure-thing now seems like an increasingly distant goal. For potheads and ganja hitters everywhere, this has to be a big disappointment. But with little in the way of support for Prop 19 monetarily, and in the current political environment of heavy conservative activism, did they really expect it to be so easy? If the current trend continues, California will disappoint once again, but this time, supporters have no one to blame but themselves.


  1. It won't matter millions of votes cast on SSM was overturned by a single judge.

    All they need is to find a hemp friendly judge.

  2. I dunno, I think that's harder to find than an SSM-friendly judge. I mean, when you have Democrats and Republicans united against your case, you don't have a lot of wiggle room.