A proposal to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California isn’t getting much love from state Republicans.
An influential California Republican Party committee on Saturday voted to oppose a proposed statewide ballot measure, known as the Adult Use Act, which would allow those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of pot.
A proponent of the marijuana measure had urged the committee to remain neutral, but members instead voted to oppose. The full state GOP membership, meeting in Burlingame for their spring convention, will vote on whether to support that measure and others expected to be on the November ballot on Sunday.
As Texas Sen. Ted Cruz heads to California on Saturday to speak at the state GOP convention, his campaign is in need of a jolt to try to blunt the momentum of front-runner Donald Trump, who this week secured decisive wins in five East Coast primaries.
And, perhaps, California could be Cruz's best shot.
Pete Wilson, the former California governor whose campaign against illegal immigration touched off decades of election troubles for Republicans, will make a surprise appearance Saturday at the state GOP convention on behalf of presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, according to people familiar with the matter.
Wilson arrived Friday night in Burlingame, where the Texas senator will be the featured lunch speaker at the convention hotel near San Francisco International Airport.
In a brief conversation late Friday night, Wilson confirmed he would speak to the gathering on Saturday, but declined to discuss the presidential race. Former governors typically get star billing at a state party convention.