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Jerry Brown Says ‘Potheads’ Could Weaken the State if Marijuana is Legalized

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California Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Feb. 28 in Oakland (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Don’t look to Governor Jerry Brown for support on legalizing recreational marijuana in the state any time soon.The California governor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that he wanted to wait to see how legalization in Colorado and Washington played out before making the green stuff legal for recreational use in California.

“How many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?” Brown 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.”

There’s nothing like hearing a 75-year-old man rail against “the potheads,” though we have to give credit to Brown for recently pardoning non-violent drug offenders, telling the Obama administration to respect states’ choices to legalize marijuana and legalizing hemp at the state level. Never mind the ridiculously accomplished list of people who have admitted to at least trying marijuana.

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It’s just, you know, “potheads.”