They say "all politics is local," and local marijuana battles proved mixed in California during the primary election Tuesday.
In the California Democratic primary presidential contest, Hillary Clinton bested pro-legalization candidate Bernie Sanders, beating him with 56 percent of the vote in early results. Many predicted the race was too close to call, and voter turnout would be high. But turnout sagged and Clinton ran away with it after, some say because the Associated Press called her the presumptive nominee before Californians went to the ballot box in the pivotal race. Sanders has vowed to fight on against the system of super-delegates. Presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump was the choice among California’s widely reviled GOP field. The GOP has record-low approval ratings in California.
Blue Dream from the NorCal 2012 harvest.
In the race for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat, the more pro-marijuana Rep. Loretta Sanchez got trounced by the more cannabis-cautious Attorney General Kamala Harris, who had Sanchez beat by 23 points
Here in Alameda County, medical cannabis regulation pioneer and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley bested newcomer
Bryan Parker and retained his seat.
In San Jose, voters rejected Measure C
to loosen up the city’s tight but workable restrictions on dispensaries.
Marijuana supporters lost in Butte County
, where voters passed Measure G to declare that cannabis is not an agricultural crop with “right to farm” protections. Voters also passed Measure H to maintain a tiny 50 square-foot cap on garden sizes.
But weed won in Nevada County
, where voters rejected a cannabis growing ban by voting No on Measure W.
Patients lost in Yuba County Tuesday
, where voters rejected Measures A and B to ease farming rules and allow dispensaries.