Gov. Jerry Brown ‘How Many People Can Get Stoned And Still Have A Great State’

David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press said on Sunday, in response to Gov. Jerry Brown of California and his views on recreational marijuana use legalization:

“As a TV man, I know a good soundbite when I’ve heard one and I think I just heard one.”

Indeed, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) gave us an awesome soundbite — it had me laughing and rushing to the computer to write this up.

Brown appeared on Sunday’s Meet the Press to discuss his plans to run for?an unprecedented fourth term. After musing about how he’s evolved in his 40-year political career, Gregory asked Brown about legalized recreational marijuana use and its possibility in California. Brown responded that he’s watching?Colorado and Washington ? the two states that currently have legalized recreational marijuana use ? with interest. He said that California’s medical marijuana policies are similar to what Colorado and Washington are doing.

He did urge caution, however, saying that “a certain amount is OK,” but there is “a tendency to go to extremes.” Here’s what he said.

“[…] 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.”

I, too, know a good soundbite when I hear one. Enjoy!


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