Jerry Brown Irks Pot Legalization Advocates With Latest Comments

He may be out of office now, but the strained relationship between Jerry Brown and the marijuana advocacy community continues.

This time, legalization supporters are upset over dismissive comments he made to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd during a sit-down at the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival on Jan. 31. As part of the exchange, Brown said legalization “is about getting stoned—nothing else, nothing more,” that there are “a couple little diseases that get help with marijuana, but not too many,” and that state officials always knew Prop. 64 wouldn’t yield significant revenues.

Legalization "is purely for pleasure,” he added.

The unrestrained remarks were a bit eyebrow raising even for Brown, whose misgivings about pot have long been known.

Watch the full exchange here

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