The Secretary of State's office says it was a coincidence. But you can't put anything past the people who named the state's medical marijuana bill SB 420.
Anyway, if you still have your Prop. 19 buttons and posters, you won't have to go buy new ones.
As you can probably tell, Prop. 19 failed in 1972. In fact, it wasn't close. According to Ballotpedia, the measure went down by a vote of 66.5% to 33.5%. We'll see in November how much attitudes have changed in the intervening 38 years.
While we're at it, here's another weird one, at least from a strictly numerological standpoint. Business groups are pushing an initiative to undo AB 32, the state anti-global warming law. The proposition is numbered 23 -- or 32 reversed. Whoa.