Amanda Jetter celebrates along with others attending an Amendment 64 watch party in a bar after a local television station announced the marijuana amendment's passage, in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. The amendment would make it legal in Colorado for individuals to possess and for businesses to sell marijuana for recreational use. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
When voters in Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana in those states on Tuesday, folks celebrated in California, too.
The Golden State could soon follow in the footsteps of voters in Seattle and Denver, according to marijuana activists. The marijuana legalization effort that failed in 2010 -- Proposition 19 -- was not followed up with a successor measure in 2012 largely because financial backers chose to fund Amendment 64 in Colorado and I-502 in Washington, according to reports.
Now, it's "exponentially" easier to raise money for a California legalization measure in 2014 or 2016, according to Ellen Komp, deputy director of California NORML. "This is a game-changer," she told SF Weekly. "This is the win we needed."
Nationwide, with support for legalization polling at 50 percent, marijuana is more popular than Mitt Romney, who took in about 48 percent of the vote nationwide.