In possibly the biggest fail of 2010 California voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have made their state the first in the union to legalize the personal use and possession of marijuana. With 53.9 percent against 45.1 percent in favor, the proposal would have allowed people aged 21 and over to have up to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana and grow up to 25 square feet (2.32 square meter) of pot plants.
Large-scale commercial cultivation — and its taxation — could also have been allowed, though implementing such a rule would have been left to the discretion of local municipal and county authorities.
The measure drew strong support from voters younger than 25, as the campaign had hoped, but those voters did not turn out in unusually high numbers, according to a state exit poll. The initiative also failed to win over the moderate voters who make up the state’s decisive swing vote.
for now Californians will just have the question put before voters again in 2012. =(