California legalizing marijuana. According to the LA Times voters
oppose the measure 51% to 39%, which is a major shift in opinion if
previous polls are to believed. But the new numbers do reflect what I
have been hearing on the streets.
Canvassing opinion of first time voters, if found a surprising degree
of ambivalence towards the move - in part because many young people
don't think it will change much in a state where pot is de facto
legal. Most of those in favor cited the financial reasons for
legalizing pot - it has been suggested taxes from marijuana could earn
the almost-bankrupt state, $1.4b in revenue.
"People who already want to use marijuana, use marijuana and people
who don't don't," said Brianna Donath, a student in Orange County.
"Other than financially I don't see how it would have much effect."