Voters in The Golden State are reportedly deadlocked on Proposition 19, a referendum that would legalize your freshman year of college. Dude. If you're in California, on Tuesday you should totally vote.
The measure has high-profile supporters and detractors. On the pro side, we have billionaire financier/hemp aficianado George Soros, who wrote a now-kinda-infamous op-ed in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.
Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually. It also would reduce the crime, violence and corruption associated with drug markets, and the violations of civil liberties and human rights that occur when large numbers of otherwise law-abiding citizens are subject to arrest. Police could focus on serious crime instead.
Soros is right to point out that legalizing toking may improve the prospects of our neighbors to the south, as the war on drugs has given power to cartels who have taken thousands of lives in Mexico.
Predictably, rapper Snoop Dogg also supports the Proposizzle Ninetizzle.
On the opposing side, we have total buzzkill Diane Feinstein.
"I'm a grandmother of six," said Feinstein. "I have a granddaughter who's 18. Do I want to send the signal to her that smoking pot is just fine? Because that was legalization does."
Others claim that legalizing marijuana would cause an increase in traffic accidents.
"So why would we even consider legalizing an intoxicant that is going to rival alcohol as the number-one cause of traffic fatalities in our state?" asked Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa.
(Which is totally not true as I have never met one pot smoker who wants to do anything but sit on the couch. I knew one guy, once, who liked to get high and clean his bathroom, but as far as I know, no one died from that. But I digress.)
The effect of either outcome on the daily lives of Californians has yet to be seen, but, in the meantime, if I lived in California, I'd be stocking up on pizza and buying a copy of Bedknobs & Broomsticks on DVD, because that movie is fucking great after smoking pot. I've heard.
Down To Wire, Prop 19 Gets Support, Opposition [ABC 7 Los Angeles]
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