Did Pot Kill Cooley's A.G. Campaign?

November 03, 2010

David Downs, East Bay Express

Medical cannabis patients are claiming victory for the "defeat" of candidate for Attorney General Steve Cooley. A full count of the race could take weeks, but the "tough on tokers" Los Angeles DA Cooley is down by about 15,000 votes, and San Francisco DA Kamala Harris has declared victory. There are an estimated 300,000-plus qualified medical cannabis patients in California. No one has any hard numbers on how they voted Tuesday, but it's reasonable to assume that at least 10 percent of them, or 30,000, got the widely disseminated “Anybody But Cooley” message spread by pot activists both for and against Prop 19.

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