The people have spoken. In California, the state with the most ambitious marijuana reform initiative has voted down Proposition 19 legalizing and taxing marijuana in the state.  Backers plan to bring it to ballot again in 2012. Many felt that it was unlikely that the measure would pass, but those in favor of legalization feel like there has been a victory.

The fact that there is real debate and that people can are becoming educated on the politics and the truths about marijuana is a positive thing. Something that once wasn’t even invited to the table is now being heard loud and clear.

Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, one of the nation’s leading advocates for reforming drug laws said,¬†“This is the first time major elected officials and labor unions and civil rights organizations have endorsed a marijuana legalization measure. The debate is less about whether to legalize marijuana and increasingly about how to legalize marijuana.”

For all of you Obama backers, please keep in mind that this administration is not in favor of marijuana legalization.

The White House drug policy director Gil Kerlikowske applauded the vote today.

“The Obama Administration has been clear in its opposition to marijuana legalization because research shows that marijuana use is associated with voluntary treatment admissions for addiction, fatal drugged driving accidents, mental illness, and emergency room admissions,” Kerlikowske said.

There were a few other states that had measurements regarding medical marijuana. Those states seem to be unified AGAINST marijuana. Oregon has voted down Measure Number 74 (58%-42%). South Dakota voted down Initiated Measure 13. It was defeated (64%-36%). And the final result to come in the next day was Arizona and Prop 203. They too, voted down medical marijuana by a razor thin margin. (50.2%-49.8%)