California won’t be the first US state to legalise marijuana for recreational use. Voters have said no to a move that would’ve extended it beyond its current medical use, which was approved in 1996. If passed, the measure, known as Proposition 19, would’ve been in conflict with federal laws on cannabis. President Obama said that people caught growing or possessing marijuana would still have been prosecuted.
Supporters of Proposition 19 argued it would’ve been financially beneficial for California. Cannabis could be taxed, police would be freed up to deal with more serious offences and drug cartels would lose out. They estimated tax from almost ten billion euros worth of sales a year. However, it seems this plan to ease the state’s economic woes is now up in smoke.