Legalized pot: notice a pattern? *


Proposition 19 passed (yellow) on the central coast of California, from Santa Barbara to Sonoma counties, and in the mountains of Mono and Alpine counties. Everywhere else (gray), no dice. More evidence that California's east-west divide between coasties and inlanders is more important these days than the old north-south paradigm. Map is on the Secretary of State's website. (* Fixed my counties.)

More interesting Prop. 19 stats:

• Legalized pot received 321,439 more votes than Meg Whitman did.

     Yes on Prop. 19: 3,424,464
     Meg Whitman:    3,103,025

• In 1972, another pot-legalizing measure (also Prop. 19) lost 2-1.

     Yes on Prop. 19, 1972: 33.5%
     Yes on Prop. 19, 2010: 46.1%

     No on Prop. 19. 1972: 66.5%
     No on Prop. 19, 2010: 53.9%

Added: • As several emailers have noted, Prop. 19 lost in Humboldt County, generally assumed to be the capital of marijuana cultivation and culture in California.

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