Marijuana Legalization Efforts Fail in California, Thanks to Money and The Feds

Few successful political movements count their finest hours a loss. Yet 2010 will remain the high-water mark of the marijuana legalization movement for at least another two years — or longer, if the federal situation worsens.

Buoyed by Oaksterdam University founder Richard Lee's cash and energy, Proposition 19 — which would have legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of pot for adults 21 and over, and allowed cultivation of small gardens — lost in November 2010. It garnered a historic 4.6 million votes, or 46.2 percent of ballots cast. Following the loss, Lee declared on election night that legalization was inevitable, and that the issue would return in 2012 “stronger than ever” with a new ballot measure.

While Lee bowed out — and the Prop. 19 redux committee instead focused on reforming medical marijuana — the 2012 election cycle began with four competing legalization measures.

But the inevitable became official on Friday, when all committees missed the deadline to qualify their initiatives for the November ballot.

So now we have to wait until 2014, and pray the movement finds a new leader — and new benefactor.

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