Proposition 19: Denied.
California voters recently disapproved Proposition 19, also known as “Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010”, which would have legalized the recreational use of Marijuana, or Cannabis, to citizens of the state. November 2nd, 2010 not only marked the opening of the polls in California, but as a precedent in voting history, as the people voted either for or against this controversial proposition, though ultimately the bill was defeated. With the denial of this bill, it is apparent that the majority of people, 56% to be exact, in California still disapprove of the recreational usage of Marijuana, which is interesting, seeing as they approved the use of medical marijuana in 1996 with the passing of Proposition 215, oddly enough, with a 56% approval. The consumption of Marijuana has had a very extensive part throughout history, with many cultures and societies having used Marijuana. Marijuana was popularly used in America in the 1960’s music culture and has become increasingly popular in recreational usage as the years have progressed. However it didn’t start there, Marijuana has been around for centuries. Marijuana has been, and still is, worshipped by some religions and recorded in many religious books as a holy plant. In India, for example, it is referred to as Sacred Grass. Even the founder of the New World, Christopher Columbus, brought Cannabis to America in 1492. From the 17th century to the late 19th century, American farmers regularly grew hemp for many purposes, including for use in making paper to be used in the production of book and maps. In fact, Hemp was second to tobacco as the crop to grow in early America. Hemp is from the Cannabis genus and has been proven to be a very useful material. The Constitution was written on hemp paper and the string on Benjamin Franklin’s kite was also made from hemp. In Bernie Becker’s article on the legalization of Marijuana, he quotes Joseph D. McNamara, a former San Jose...
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