Oakland is ground zero for Proposition 19.
Trucks from all the major networks including CNN are parked near downtown. Reporters are gathered watching a live feed projected on the side of Oaksterdam University, whose founder Richard Lee bankrolled the marijuana legalization measure. And supporters are making last-minute calls to voters and waving signs outside.
The measure to legalize marijuana had been sinking in the polls as Election Day neared. The campaign’s supporters are hoping that young, single-issue, under-polled voters turn out and give Prop. 19 the lift it needs.
Supporters tried to remain optimistic.
"I think we got it," said Ken Matthews, who was dressed as enormous pot leaf and traveled all the way from Los Angeles to be here. "I think the young people are going to come out."
Proposition 19 would legalize marijuana: individuals could possess up to one ounce of weed and grow up to 25 square feet of marijuana. Local cities and counties would be given the authority to regulate and tax commercial sales and grows.
Oakland has staked a big piece of its economic future on the marijuana industry, and if Prop. 19 doesn't pass, it could throw some legal uncertainty on plans to allow four huge marijuana growing operations in the city.