Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown’s Attack on Weed

By on 3.4.14 | 11:07AM

“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.”

So said California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday morning’s “Meet the Press.” In the eyes of progressives, Brown’s opposition to the growing movement to legalize marijuana has been one of his flaws since he ran against it in 2010.

When Colorado and Washington passed bills legalizing pot in 2012, Brown adopted the federalist position that states should reserve the right to determine drug policy.

To the dismay of progressives, yesterday’s remarks reveal that his statements on the 2012 initiatives were indeed support for a federalist policy, not an easing toward legalization.

Suspecting that the policies will fail, Brown urges us to wait and see how Colorado's and Washington’s progressive experiments work out: