Predicted impact if Proposition 19 is approved and marijuana becomes legal in California

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Main article: California Proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2010)
Much of the debate over legalizing marijuana in California is a series of arguments over what will happen if Proposition 19 is approved and marijuana becomes legal.


  • Roger Salazar with the "No on 19" campaign: "Man, you're going to see it in everything! You're gonna have it in spaghetti, you're gonna have it in coffee creamer, mashed potatos, you name it. People are gonna start sprinkling it on top of their breakfast cereal for all we know. California's going to be the Wild West in terms of marijuana products."
  • So-called "high cream," which comes in flavors such as Banannabis Foster, Straw-Mari Cheesecake, and TRIPle Chocolate Brownie, and which typically contains 4 doses of high grade cannabis (the equivalent of 8 joints) per half-pint, will be found in freezers next to the Ben & Jerry's, and some children will inevitably therefore inadvertently consume it, leaving their parents open to charges of negligence.[1]


  • If Proposition 19 is approved, "...uncertainty [will apply] to enforcing driving-while-impaired laws. The measure has no definition of what would constitute driving under the influence of marijuana, unlike the 0.08% blood-alcohol standard for drunken driving."[2]

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  • The California Chamber of Commerce released a study that asserts that if Proposition 19 is approved, it will make "California companies ineligible for federal contracts because employers could not guarantee a drug-free workplace."[3][4]



  • If Proposition 19 passes, it could become hard for employers to deal with "marijuana-impaired employees," according to the Sacramento Bee, which says, "Passage of Proposition 19 would also saddle businesses with even more legal murkiness in trying to keep marijuana-impaired employees out of the workplace, especially from behind the wheel of school buses or other jobs that could affect public safety."[2]
  • The California Chamber of Commerce also thinks that workplace law will become murky. They say, "If this measure were approved, employers, including the State of California, would be faced with the burden of proving that an employee who tests positive for marijuana is 'actually impaired' from performing the job before taking any adverse action against the employee. This process would delay disciplinary actions used to protect workplace safety and drive up costs due to increased litigation."[4]


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