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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Says Marijuana Legalization Possible

| by Allison Geller

After announcing that he would run for a fourth term, California Gov. Jerry Brown spoke out about legalizing marijuana in the state. He said legalization isn't beyond the realm of possibility, but he fears that too many "potheads" could compromise the state.

Speaking with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, Brown said that California’s medical marijuana policies were “very close” to those of Colorado and Washington, and that he’d “really like those two states to show us how it's going to work.”

But the governor also said he worried about the "tendency to go to extremes."  

"If there's advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?" he asked. " 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."

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California is no exception in the national shift towards legalization. A December 2013 Field Poll showed that 55 percent of Californians support legalizing pot, the first majority since 1969, when tracking of public opinion on the issue began. As it is now, “medical marijuana” is easily accessible in the Sunshine State.

California voters have credited Brown with the decline in crime and increase in investments in infrastructure. 60 percent of voters approve of his governing, according to a January poll.

Sources: Washington Post, Boston Globe