For a former playboy who used to romp with famous weed-loving women like Linda Ronstadt back in the early 1980s, California Governor Jerry Brown’s outlook on marijuana legalization certainly teeters on the fine line between conservative politics and raging jackass.
During a recent appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Governor Brown told host David Gregory he is not convinced legalizing marijuana in California is a smart move, because he fears a stoner nation will destroy the American gusto.
The governor, who could pass for Alan Arkin’s stuttering brother, said he is concerned the community’s increasing acceptance towards marijuana is going to eventually unleash a fury of serious repercussions.
“The problem with anything, a certain amount is okay. 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 a great nation?” said Brown during Sunday’s interview.
Governor Brown said he wants Colorado and Washington to show the rest of the country exactly how they plan to operate a state with red-eye policies. “I’d really like those two states to show us how it’s going to work,” he said. “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, who is hoping to be re-elected as California’s governor during November’s election, said he is closely monitoring Colorado and Washington’s recreational marijuana industry to learn more about how they are handling it. In the meantime, we suspect he will continue to stammer through television interviews, showing his constituents that he is not the man for the job.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.