California’s pot initiative has passed just in time. With liberal Hollywood shaken to its core about other election news, the town might need all the ganja it can smoke just to get through the next four years. Prop 64 is passing by a sizable margin – 56% to 46% — at this writing, making California the most populous state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Good news for Bill Maher, Seth Rogen and a red-eyed cast of thousands.
In other good news for Hollywood, what’s left of the local adult film industry – still a substantial employer in the Valley – won’t be running out of state anytime soon: The Golden State’s voters have decided they won’t require porn stars to wear condoms as Prop 60 is going down to a solid defeat – 54.3% to 46.7%.
In other election news affecting the industry, Laura Friedman appears headed for victory in the race to replace term-limited Mike Gatto in the state Assembly in a district that’s home to Warner Bros. Friedman, mayor of Glendale and a former VP Development at Rysher Entertainment, is beating fellow Democrat Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian by a comfortable margin – 61.4% to 38.6%. Gatto, who was one of the original co-authors of what became the expansion of California’s film incentives program, had endorsed Friedman, while LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, IATSE Grips Local 80 and Teamsters Joint Council 42 were backing Kassakhian.