Different strains of pot are displayed for sale Dec. 27, 2013, at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver. Medicine Man was among the first batch of Denver businesses to receive a license allowing them to legally sell recreational marijuana (Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP)
California Gov. Jerry Brown expressed worry recently about ``potheads'' running the nation, and said California should see how legalized marijuana affects other states before liberalizing pot laws here. Brown was interviewed March 3 on NBC's ``Meet The Press,'' and host David Gregory asked him if it was a good idea to legalize marijuana in the Golden State.
``Well, we have medical marijuana,'' the governor said. ``And that's very similar to what they have in Colorado and Washington. I'd like those two states to show us how it's going to work.
``The problem with anything (is), a certain amount is okay,'' he continued. ``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 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,'' he said.
Gregory, a graduate of Birmingham High School in the San Fernando Valley, laughed and said ``as a TV guy, I know a good sound bite when I've heard (one), and I think I've just heard one.''