It is a sad day for not just Californians, but Americans everywhere. As you have probably heard, Prop 19, the Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Act, failed to pass. 56.7% voted against it and only 43.3% voted for it.
Many are blaming not anti-pot smokers, but current participants of the illegal marijuana industry. Marijuana growers, specifically in areas such as Humbolt County, probably voted No because they would have their local industries destroyed by the passing of this legislation. Similarly gang members who make a living distributing the substance, probably also helped keep the proposition from passing. Another group that opposed the bill, unsurprisingly, were parents. It seems advocates of Prop 19 focused on how much tax it would bring in for the state and neglected to inform people that it would also improve public safety.
Whatever, the reasons it is an unfortunate loss. However, now Colorado has the chance to be the first state to legalize marijuana.
In other bad news, Republicans win the House by what some consider a landslide victory.