Gov. Jerry Brown said he wants to wait to see how experiments with marijuana legalization play out in Colorado and Washington before expanding access to pot in California.
“How many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?” Brown asked, expressing some skepticism about legalization. “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. “
Brown made his comments during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday morning.
On Saturday, Brown signed emergency legislation that freed up more than $500 million in state bond money to help with the drought. He said recent storms battering the state have done little to alleviate the state’s water shortage.
Brown also said there were lessons for Washington, D.C., in California’s economic rebound. “You’ve got to be tough on spending, no matter how liberal you want to be,” he said. But the governor said he didn’t see any other Democrat challenging Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic standard-bearer in 2016.
“I can’t see it,” he said, when asked if anyone could stop Clinton. “It’s her nomination if she wants it as far as I’m concerned.
You can watch the entire interview here.