This is the huge point that government keeps missing! People are going to do what they want regardless, outlawing it just causes black markets. Instead of regulating it, taxing it, keeping people safe, you'll likely have people with no care for accurate nic content, dirty labs, etc. They never learned from prohibition, when people actually died from bad homemade alcohol; not to mention the war on drugs... what a joke.
I agree about CA too, I went to school there (Trojans for life!). It used to be such a progressive and beautiful place, and they freaking ruined it! I've turned down jobs that pay way better than my current one just because I didn't want to live there!