The marijuana legalizing Proposition 19 went down to defeat by less than ten percentage points in 2010, which was disappointing to marijuana advocates but was a promising sign of how far the legalization effort has come. Looking to keep the momentum alive, Prop. 19’s organizers and more marijuana activists gathered this weekend to plot the next step in the legalization effort and it won’t be long until California voters have another crack at making pot legal. Organizers are aiming for a better-written law and a much more focused campaign for November of 2012. The next time around they might have partners in other states—there’s an early indication that marijuana legalization laws might go before voters in dozens of states. If that does develop then the marijuana legalization debate becomes national in scope, which could lead to all kinds of unforeseen factors in California. Will two years make the difference in legalizing marijuana?
Dale Gieringer, director of the California chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws