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String of propositions awaits Calif. voters

November 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Along with the senate and governor races, voters will have to make up their mind on nine statewide propositions.Proposition 19 will determine if marijuana becomes legal in this state. A new poll suggests the measure could be losing, but not by much.

The latest Eyewitness News SurveyUSA poll released Monday shows voters remain divided over legalizing marijuana in California: 44 percent say they will be voting yes on Proposition 19; 46 percent say they will be voting no. And 10 percent are still not certain how they'll be voting.

One issue that's keeping opponents fired up is the fact that marijuana remains illegal under federal law, which is why both candidates for state attorney general say they are against the measure.

"It's not going to accomplish what it claims to, namely regulate or tax or control cannabis in California," said L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley, Republican candidate for state attorney general.

"We need to get a handle on what we're doing with medical marijuana. And until that happens, I don't think we can have another discussion," said San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Democratic candidate for state attorney general.

Monday, the president of the NAACP in California reminded voters why they should support Proposition 19.

"We support it because the way the law has been applied, it disadvantages young African-American and Latino men and women. They go to jail for possession and other races of people in other communities don't," said California NAACP Chapter President Alice Huffman.

The NAACP and Governor Schwarzenegger don't see eye to eye on Prop. 19 but they are on the same page for Proposition 27. Monday both joined forces to urge people to vote no on the measure that would return the power of redrawing congressional district lines to legislators.

"Proposition 27 is nothing more than a power grab by our politicians," said Schwarzenegger.

Prop. 27 is a competing measure to Proposition 20 which will allow a citizens commission to redraw congressional district lines.

There are six other propositions on the ballot. They address various issues like raising vehicle license fees to help fund state parks to suspending California's greenhouse-gas-emissions law to stopping business tax cuts by the first of the year.


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