As a Californian, I've gotta say the whole debate seems like a ridiculous thing to get all upset about. All you easterners take yourselves too seriously.
California: now officially less weird than Florida, and "medical" marijuana is still legal.
Before I go read the rest of the thread, I am making a small side bet with myself that before it's done, I'll want to post the poem written when we needed to make buttons saying "Smash BiCoastal Arrogance!"
Edited to add: I lose my bet with myself! Excellent!
OK, now I want to console myself with pie. Mmm, pie!