Calif. Gov: Stoners Will Be Our Downfall If Pot Is Legal
Jerry Brown says we won't be 'alert' enough
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 3, 2014 10:39 AM CST
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(Newser) – Jerry Brown thinks legalizing marijuana would put California and the rest of America at a competitive disadvantage, because we'd have too many stoners. Toward the end of a brief Meet the Press interview yesterday, the California governor was asked about Colorado and Washington's legalization moves. It was just one quick part of the interview, but it's drawn attention from everyone from the AP to the LA Times:

  • "A certain amount is OK, but there is a tendency to go to the extremes. 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? 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."
Host David Gregory chuckled. "I know a great soundbite when I hear one, and I think I just heard one," he said. And Brown might know what he's talking about; Gawker points out that in the '90s he was accused of hosting parties at which marijuana and cocaine were used "in large quantities."

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Lou Bernardo
Mar 6, 2014 3:34 PM CST
As if California doesn't already have enough weirdos and drug addicts. It's rumored that Pelosi's strange behavior is drug or booze related. Brown is right in this matter.
Shata
Mar 5, 2014 10:31 AM CST
Yesterday at a traffic light the guy in the car next to me was trying to light up his joint. So most everybody is ok with that? I wonder what would happen if someone cracked open a beer at a traffic light......Would you feel different? Driving while impaired is just that, regardless if it is RX drug, pot or alcohol. I do not want a stoned guy driving or handling my bank accounts just as much as a individual who is impaired by alcohol or RX drugs.
chiwawa
Mar 4, 2014 1:09 PM CST
I thought Brown was a liberal whack job??? For the first time ever, I agree with him on this subject.