Everybody knows that Meg Whitman spent $160 million to lose to Jerry Brown. Less noticed is the fact that she also lost to legalized marijuana.
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Whitman got 3.1 million votes. Prop. 19 got 3.4 million votes. Conclusive proof: Californians prefer weed to Meg Whitman.
Supporters of legalized marijuana may be disappointed by the outcome, but the measure only failed by a tally of 54-46.
Compare that to the outcome of the 1972 version of Prop. 19, which would have legalized possession and cultivation of marijuana, but not sales. That proposition failed overwhelmingly, 66.5-33.5.
So, the arc of history is long but it bends toward legalization.