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In a groundbreaking first the sunny state of California yesterday became the first in the US to vote on the legalisation of marijuana. The drug is already widely used for medical purposes in the state, with legal marijuana growers and suppliers in existence accross Califronia, and the vote has been hotly anticipated both in the US and across the world.
Titled 'Proposal 19', the legalisation would allow adults over 21 to posses up to an ounce of marijuana, consume it in non public places out of sight of children, as well as grow it in private plots. On a bigger scale it would also see commercial weed cultivation, as well as the sale and use of marijuana at licensed establishments. Watch this space...
Supporters of the legalisation, dressed in smart clothes far from the stoner stereotype, pledged their support by rounding up outside the campaign HQ and (what else?) sparking up. Needless to say this didn't help the vote much, but rather reinforced the horror scenarios fiercely pushed by the opposition. The result of the vote was a resounding 'no' – something the Drug Policy Project blame on the lack of young voters rallying up and voting.
Have your say and help make history
Shocked, surprised or dissapointed by results of the Californian vote? This month UK clubbers can once again help sculpt the future of drug legislation as we launch the Mixmag Drugs Survey 2011.
Launching on November 15 2010, the survey is where the world goes to find out real peoples’ attitudes to and experience of drugs. It's been used by doctors, academics and even governments around the world to influence policies and inform their decisions, and you can be a part of it.
To take part simply head to www.globaldrugsurvey.com/mixmag from November 15 and fill in the form (It will take 10 minutes to complete).