If Proposition 19 passes and California legalizes marijuana, the financial hit to Mexican drug cartels would be a loss of 2 to 4 percent of their overall US revenues, says a RAND Corp. study.
The news and chat website Topix is unveiling a new Election 2010 section to generate data and discussion on races coast to coast. But political scientists view it with concern.
The latest poll on Proposition 19, the ballot measure on legalized marijuana in California, found more opposition than previous polls. Prop. 19 backers dismiss the poll. Opponents say it is a sign.
Proposition 19, the California ballot measure to legalize marijuana possession and cultivation for adults has raised $2.1 million. Most of the money is from one donor: Richard Lee, a medical marijuana entrepreneur.
Polls show California voters may well approve Proposition 19, which would make marijuana legal in the state. Costs and benefits are hotly debated by both sides.
So far in Election 2010, voters in 35 states will confront 149 citizen-backed initiatives and referendums. Evidence is mixed on how ballot measures affect voter turnout.
California's Proposition 19 is generating debate across the country.
Marijuana growers in Oakland are concerned that proposed regulations will result in the 'Wal-Marting' of weed.
Legalizing recreational marijuana use would make it a lot cheaper and drive up consumption, according to a new study. This could doom Prop. 19, even in happy-go-lucky California.