Jerry Brown worries about alertness of ‘potheads’
Gov. Jerry Brown said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “fiscal discipline is the fundamental predicate of a free society,” but it may help if everyone isn’t getting stoned.
Expressing reservations about legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Brown said a great nation requires a more alert citizenry “than some of the potheads might be able to put together.” Washington and Colorado have legalized the drug, and a recent Field Poll found majority support for legalization in California.
Not from Brown.
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“Well, we have medical marijuana, which gets very close to what they have in Colorado and Washington,” the Democratic governor said in a taped interview. “I’d really like those two states to show us how it’s going to work. The problem with anything, a certain amount is OK.
“But there is a tendency to go to extremes,” said Brown, who has made similar remarks on marijuana legislation before. “And all of a sudden, if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.”
– David Siders
“I’m not going to say it’s the last race, because there’s always some races around.”
Gov. Jerry Brown, filing for re-election to another four-year term this year. He turns 76 in April.