Three Reasons California's Pot Legalization Effort Failed

Last week we took a look at some of the factors behind the failure of California's pot legalization movement.

This week the Christian Science Monitor considers Prop. 19 and comes up with three reasons why it didn't pass:

The federal government's threat to continue to enforce pot laws in California regardless of the outcome of the election; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of a law that makes small-time pot possession an infraction; and voters' preoccupation with the economy.

"This year with people's minds on really more important issues like jobs, the economy, and keeping their homes, Prop. 19 was not a high priority," Hal Dash, President and CEO of Cerrell & Accociates, a Democratic strategy consulting firm, told the Monitor.

Why do you think Prop. 19 failed?

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