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…

Proposition 19: Headline Pun Roundup 8 November,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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