The Buzz: Jerry Brown worries about alertness of “potheads”

03/03/2014 12:00 AM

03/03/2014 6:23 AM

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.

“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


ELECTION WATCH

Sen. Mark Wyland has withdrawn from the race for state Board of Equalization, clearing a path for Assemblywoman Diane Harkey and ending a vicious intraparty contest between the Republican lawmakers for the GOP-dominated seat in Orange and San Diego counties. Wyland said his goals could be better realized another way. “It became clear to me that the personal resources that I had set aside to run for this office would be better spent on the education foundation I had formed many years ago,” Wyland said Friday.

– Christopher Cadelago


WORTH REPEATING

“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.

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