Legalize-marijuana measure loses in California

November 3, 2010 07:45

SAN FRANCISCO — Warned of dangers and legal chaos, California voters on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have made their state the first in the US to legalize the use and sale of marijuana.

The spirited campaign over the proposal had pitted the state's political and law enforcement establishment against determined activists seeking to end the prohibition of pot.

It was by far the highest-profile of the 160 ballot measures being decided in 37 states. Other measures dealt with abortion, tax cuts and health care reform.

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