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First, California had 39,144,818 residents in mid-2015. The five jurisdictions where marijuana was legalized prior to 2016—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Washington, D.C.—had a combined total population of 18,066,562, less than half of California's. California accounted for over 12 percent of the nation's population in 2015. Second, the state's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $2.46 trillion in 2016, which was about 13.8 percent of the United State's GDP. The state's economy was the sixth-largest in the world in mid-2016. These two factors, according to some, made California influential in national and world politics. Keith Stroup, the founder of the pro-legalization group , said, "California is almost a nation-state. Once we get California, other than to water down future proposals, I don’t think [opponents] will be able to defeat them." The summarized the argument, stating, "The passage of recreational marijuana laws in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington over the last four years partly unlocked the door toward eventual federal legalization. But a yes vote in California, which has an economy the size of a large industrial country’s, could blow the door open, experts say."
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Fourth, California set previous political trends, including the legalization of medical marijuana in 1996. Journalist Madison Margolin, contributing to the , said, "The Golden State is also known as a trendsetter with the power to break down stereotypes. Having pioneered medical marijuana in 1996, California is a leading exporter of cannabis policy and culture. If California legalizes, the way it goes about doing so will set a standard going forward for other local and national governments to follow." Former and in 2016, , said legalization in California would encourage other states to follow. He stated, "I do believe that California is going to vote to legalize marijuana recreationally, and I do see this as the absolute tipping point. I think when California does it in November, you will have 20 state legislatures, overnight, legislate it."
Some even contemplated that voter approval of Proposition 64 could be a "worldwide game changer," as Troy Dayton, CEO of marijuana investment and research firm ArcView Group, stated. John Kagia, executive vice president of industry analytics for research firm New Frontier, said the impact of California legalizing marijuana would expand to Latin America. He stated, "Legalization in California will only add fuel to the debate on cannabis law reform in Mexico and in other Latin American countries." Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto showed some interest in Proposition 64, raising the issue with California delegates who he was meeting with about trade. (D-26), one of the delegates, said, "[T]hey're clearly paying close attention."
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"Organized crime filings have skyrocketed in Colorado since marijuana legalization," says Past President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police John Jackson." We had 1 filing in 2007 and by 2015, we had 40. Since your Proposition 64 repeals the prohibition on heroin and meth dealers with felony convictions getting into the legal marijuana business, it could be much worse in California."
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The AAA Foundation for Highway Safety reports that deaths in marijuana-related car crashes have doubled since the State of Washington approved legalization. Yet, incredibly, Proposition 64's proponents refused to include a DUI standard for marijuana, making it extremely difficult to keep impaired drivers off our highways.
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The tough, common sense regulations put forth in 64 are supported by the largest coalition ever in support of marijuana reform, including Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Democratic and Republican Congressmembers, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the California NAACP, the California Democratic Party and many others.
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Sarah Trumble of the think tank Third Way suggested that California's potential impact on the rest of the nation would be related to how large the marijuana industry grows and whether regulating it succeeds—not legalization in and of itself. She stated, "I’ve heard that saying, if California goes then this inevitable that all states will go, but that’s not necessarily true."