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Is California Going to Pot?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Question: when it comes time to actually mark your ballot, do you savor the moment, thoughtfully pondering each candidate and proposition (I’m thinking of my dear old dad, who can turn a razor-thin weekday edition of The New York Times into a day-long love affair), or do you speed through the ballot lickety-split as you any other of life’s unpleasantries?

I ask this because, if you’re voting in California this fall, the first ballot measure on the Nov. 2 slate is Proposition 19, which would legalize the use, possession (up to an ounce), cultivation and selling of marijuana in the Golden State for residents 21 and up (it’s the 2nd time California has gone down this road — only one-third of voters supporting 1972′s Prop 19, which would have legalized marijuana starting at age-18).

Is marijuana legalization the kind of topic that makes voters stop and think? Or, when it comes to the leafy green, does the electorate see it solely in black-and-white terms?

For California’s leading candidates, the answer is “no” — in this election cycle, both Democrats and Republicans fear the reefer.

You might think Jerry Brown supports it. He doesn’t.

Continue reading Bill Whalen at Politi-Cal…