Prop 19: The Legalization of Pot, Yes or No

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 1:31 PM PDT
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Should the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use be legal? Californians will decide on Nov. 2.

Should the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use be legal? Californians will decide on Nov. 2.

 

Should the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use be legal? Californians will decide on Nov. 2.

Here are just a few of the arguments from supporters and detractors of Prop. 19.

PRO Arguments

  • -- $1.2 to $1.4 billion in annual sale tax revenue.
  • --  International drug cartels and gangs in U.S. will be weakened.
  • -- Fewer State prisoners on pot charges (currently: 1,629 at cost of over $52,000 each, per year).
  • --  Less violence in poor communities where drugs are dealt illegally.

CON Arguments

  • -- Prop. 19 is poorly written with holes that will cause unintended consequences.
  • -- Roads, workplaces and communities will be less safe.
  • -- Social and medical costs will exceed tax profits.
  • -- Marijuana is the gateway drug to more serious mind altering substances.

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