Brown weary of potheads, opposes legalization

March 3, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown, who recently declared that he would run for a fourth term as governor, stated Sunday that he opposes the legalization of marijuana. [Mercury News]

“The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive,” Brown said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the pot heads might be able to put together.”

Brown said he is watching the states of Colorado and Washington, both of which legalized marijuana, to see how legalization affects states. People have a tendency to go to extremes, he said.

“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?” Brown said.

Californians voted to approve medical marijuana in 1996, but bids for outright legalization have since failed.


Russ J

If you can’t create a public employee union from pot smoking then it must be no good for the democratic party.


Gee, and to think all the current lawmakers were so hoping he approve legalizing it cause we all know their smoking something given the ridiculous and outrageous laws they have seen fit to enact.

Jerry should be most weary of himself.


Why do politicians think that as soon as they wave their wand and decree something legal everyone will run out and try it? Do they think we’re all out here waiting for their royal blessing? I think he places way too much importance on what passes today for “government” The truth is if you’re going to smoke weed you will smoke it…legal or not.


Cutting close to the bone there. Statists often over-value their sense of worth and leadership. Well, ignorant ones do, anyway. Funny, I’d have thought Gov. Brown to have more experience than that.

I blame seat belts and helmet laws. Yes, we know they save lives; yes, one is a fool who rides without one… but no, we do not need a law telling us to wear one. Like you said, if someone wants to smoke pot, it’s highly unlikely (see what I did there?) that they’d wait for some tart in government to give a ‘blessing.’

jumping in

I agree with you Rambunctious. I grow weary of politicians. Just because the legalize recreational use doesn’t mean the entire state is going into reefer madness. Those that do, already do, those that don’t, don’t and probably won’t. This is about decriminalizing, and ruining people’s lives for smoking weed. If people can grow weed in their own back yard legally they can take the precautions to do it the right, responsible way.


absolutely correct…

fishing village

it is a mixed bag legalize it and tax it

people ‘grow it’ and use up water, space, parks?

long range ? what does that mean?

if it is legal can people drive around with it, or like alcohol ‘not to excess’…limited amount.

what are the benefits?

what are the negatives?

a huge subject


I believe it should be legal (and a great number of other things, too) – in general, the government needs to CLEARLY explain WHY they infringe on personal freedoms and liberties. Not the other way around, where we’re being taught (hello Common Core) to ask for permission.

However, the pro-pot side is also a very short-sided (scientifically) side. Pot *is* as harmful as alcohol, and prolonged use could be even worse. Depends on daily dosages, etc. But most people think since so few incidents are pot-related, alcohol is worse. The fact is, alcohol is detectable via a Breathalyzer, whereas pot needs blood work… and no one wants to give the storm troopers THAT kind of authority. Yet. (again, hello Common Core). If they did get blood work as easily as a breathalyzer, the stats on DUI of pot would be much higher, I’m betting.


Great,that is all we need is to have Brown in office again.



I still am NOT in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana , there is enough f——- up people out there now why give us more , but then on the other hand go head and make it legal TAX the hell out of it and fix our roads in CA .

But god help the stoned person that hits me while under the influence , I think Colorado will that they really screwed up by making it legal.


Go drink another beer soldier.

Jorge Estrada

I suspect that Brown realizes that competitive taxpayers and pot heads are not synonymonous. Unfortunately his moment of clarity may be about protecting the tax machine for excessive voluntary gov spending, not our civil liberties.


Hear the new Jerry Brown, finally coming out of the pot haze of his first administration. Never heard him say this about booze…


“The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive,” Brown said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the pot heads might be able to put together.”


Since when is that the issue? Is someone proposing that use be mandatory in the military or something?

Just asinine to make up an issue and then make up an answer to it.


lol, the conspiracy part of me wants to ask Brown, “stay alert for what exactly, Governor? You expecting company?”