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Proposition 19 (California, 2010)

Here's hoping for a marijuana measure that's not half-baked

Here's hoping for a marijuana measure that's not half-baked

Californians are almost certainly going to vote in 2016 on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. And according to the most recent polls, a majority of voters now support that goal.

But general, theoretical support may not be enough. If legalization proponents are serious about passing a ballot initiative, they'd better be sure they put forward a comprehensive, well-thought-out proposal that addresses the complex legal, societal and safety issues involved.

They'd do well to learn from earlier, half-baked marijuana measures that were either wisely rejected by the voters (such as 2010's Proposition 19, which would have legalized the drug) or were...

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