On election night, you know what caused me a lot of anxiety? Trying to come up with a clever, pun-driven headline about the defeat of Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization initiative. The obvious way to go was some form of “Prop 19 Up in Smoke,” used by AFP and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Someone here suggested “Californians Don’t Pass the Joint,” but in the end I wrote the headline straight. Uh, I mean I wrote a straight headline: “Proposition 19, Marijuana Legalization, Fails.”

But other media went to town. Here’s a sampling of headlines from around the country and Canada:

And my personal fave:

If you got anything better, waft it over this way…


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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