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California Marijuana Legalization, Proposition 19 (1972)

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This article is about a 1972 ballot measure in California. For other measures with a similar title, see Proposition 19.
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A Marijuana Legalization, Proposition 19 was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was handily defeated.[1]
  • Yes: 2,733,120 (33.5%)
  • No: 5,433,393 (66.5%) Defeatedd

A "yes" vote on Proposition 19 would have revised California's laws about to marijuana to "provide that no person in the State of California 18 years of age or older shall be punished in any way for growing, processing, transporting, or possessing marijuana for personal use, or for using it."

The official ballot summary was, "Removes state penalties for personal use. Proposes a statute which would provide that no person eighteen years or older shall be punished criminally or denied any right or privilege because of his planting, cultivating, harvesting, drying, processing, otherwise preparing, transporting, possessing or using marijuana. Does not repeal existing, or limit future, legislation prohibiting persons under the influence of marijuana from engaging in conduct that endangers others."

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