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Pot legalized, death penalty preserved, and more winners and losers among CA ballot props




California primary voter Yanira Michelle slips her ballot into the ballot box at a polling station June 7, 2016 in San Diego, California. / AFP / Bill Wechter
California primary voter Yanira Michelle slips her ballot into the ballot box at a polling station June 7, 2016 in San Diego, California. / AFP / Bill Wechter
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California voters joined five other states last night in approving marijuana reforms in what was the biggest legislative win for pot in recent history.

The Golden State approved prop 64 with 56 percent of voters saying ‘yes’ to legal weed. Advocates of the death penalty are also celebrating today as prop 62, which would have abolished the death penalty in California, failed. Meanwhile voters passed prop 66, the measure to speed up the death penalty appeals process. Plastic bags will stay banned after Prop 67, the veto referendum, failed, and voters also said no to the other bag initiative, Prop 65, which would have given proceeds collected from selling grocery bags to fund environmental projects like drought mitigation, recycling, and parks improvement. California voters also shot down Prop 60, which would have required condoms be used during the production of adult films, but approved a $2 per pack tax increase on cigarettes.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll go over the results of California’s ballot propositions and talk about the implications for the future.

Guest:

Laurel Rosenhall, reporter for CALmatters, a nonprofit journalistic venture focusing on California state politics