Different strains of pot are displayed for sale Dec. 27, 2013, at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver. Medicine Man was among the first batch of Denver businesses to receive a license allowing them to legally sell recreational marijuana (Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP)
California Gov. Jerry Brown expressed worry recently about “potheads” running the nation, and said California should see how legalized marijuana affects other states before liberalizing pot laws here. Brown was interviewed March 3 on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” and host David Gregory asked him if it was a good idea to legalize marijuana in the Golden State.
“Well, we have medical marijuana,” the governor said. “And that’s very similar to what they have in Colorado and Washington. I’d like those two states to show us how it’s going to work.
“The problem with anything (is), a certain amount is okay,” he continued. “But there is a tendency to go to 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 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,” he said.
Gregory, a graduate of Birmingham High School in the San Fernando Valley, laughed and said “as a TV guy, I know a good sound bite when I’ve heard (one), and I think I’ve just heard one.”