In this November 1978 photo, Jerry Brown, left, accompanied by his parents, former California Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, center, and his mother Bernice Brown, right, waves as he celebrates his election as governor of California on election night in Los Angeles.
“California Governor Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing pot is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned. If pot smoking gains more legitimacy in the nation’s most populous state, Brown said he worries it could have negative ripple effects.
“The problem with anything, a certain amount is OK. But there is a tendency to go to extremes,” he said in a wide-ranging interview aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “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?”
California Governor Jerry Brown just announced he would wait and see how the Colorado and Washington legalization laws work out before he would sign a legalization bill in his state.
This from a governor who people said had a hole in his head, and who was called Governor Moonbeam during his first stint in office in the seventies, when he signed one of the first decriminalization bills in the county.
Now, of course, he’s a grumpy old man.
He said the world is a dangerous place and people have to be alert all the time. He is afraid potheads would destroy the state’s esprit de corps. Does he believe his decision not to legalize marijuana is going to stop one person from obtaining it and enjoying its wonderful effects?
I appreciate Brown’s honesty and am actually happy that he announced his decision. Yes, I just had to laugh.
We know that petitioning to the legislature won’t do any good because the governor won’t sign the bill. Therefore, our efforts must be focused on a 2016 initiative.
Thank you, Governor Brown. Now we know where you’re at and what we need to do. We don’t need you, because in 2016, we have the demographics and the election is ours. We won’t have to make the compromises we would have had to make in legislation politics. You have helped us determine our strategy and policy for the next two years.
Sorry, Governor Moonbean, you are crazy.
When you win the gubernatorial race in 2016, one of your jobs will be enforcing new marijuana legalization laws that turn regulation from criminal to civil. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it because, being a “law and order” governor, you’ll be able to get more cops to chase real criminals and lean down the criminal justice system, which is the only portion of government that is still bloated.
The voters will decide the laws. The die is cast. You’ve made the decision. And if you don’t like what we do, remember you should’ve done it yourself.
Republished with special permission from EdRosenthal.com.