SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Supporters of legalized cannabis are striking back at comments from Governor Jerry Brown questioning the benefits of allowing anyone to smoke pot.
“The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive,” Governor Brown told a national television audience Sunday. “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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Pro-pot activists with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) say the Governor is out of touch with today’s “potheads.”
“I was rather insulted that he said potheads are not productive members of the workforce,” NORML spokeswoman Ellen Komp tells KRON 4’s Charles Clifford. “I beg to differ. Most people who smoke marijuana are hard-working, tax-paying, workers who would rather enjoy some marijuana in the evening rather than alcohol, perhaps.”
Supporters of legalized cannabis have decided to delay a ballot measure allowing the recreational use of the substance until the 2016 Presidential election. Kopp says the momentum is definitely in favor of those who want to end pot prohibition.
“The tide has turned and it’s increasingly going to run in our favor,” Komp adds. “The demographics are shifting. The sort of old guard who got trained that it was “reefer madness” are not going to be voting and there’s a whole group of young people that are not only voting but are working towards legalization.”
The Governor says he wants to wait to see how legalization experiments in Colorado and Washington State work out before endorsing legal pot in California.
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