A Liberal Civil War Brewing in California Over Marijuana Legalization

Gavin NewsomStates like Colorado and Washington get the most headlines lately when it comes to the legalization of marijuana, and rightfully so. They became the first two states in the United States to legalize the substance for recreational purposes.

But it was actually California that laid the groundwork for marijuana 20 years ago when it became the first state to legalize it for medical purposes.

Logic would then dictate that California should have been the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, considering they were the pioneers for using the substance medically.  Except that wasn’t how things worked out.

A few years ago, California tried to pass full legalization via a badly written bill that failed to even get the support of some of the most avid pro-marijuana groups.

Now there’s a new push in California for legalization that’s got the support of the entire state Democratic legislature and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

There’s just one problem – Governor Jerry Brown is staunchly against legalization, though his reasoning behind it is based entirely off stereotypes instead of facts.  Brown’s opposition to marijuana legalization essentially boils down to his “concerns” about how the United States might “lose its competitive edge.”  Whatever the heck that means.

Well, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom made a bold stance the day after Brown’s remarks, declaring that California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes 20 years ago and it’s time California legalizes it for all adults much in the same way tobacco and alcohol is regulated and taxed.

A move, again, that has the full support of the state’s Democratic party and the Lt. Governor.

It’s essentially created somewhat of a “civil war” if you will within the state, between the vast majority of California Democrats and Governor Brown.

But even though Governor Brown opposes legalization, it won’t matter.  As I’ve said before, it’s not a matter of if marijuana will eventually be legal in the United States, but when.  

Colorado and Washington got the ball rolling and now other states have begun lining up similar legislation to legalize marijuana for more than just medical purposes.

So Governor Brown might not like the idea of marijuana legalization, but he better start warming up to the idea, because I can assure him that it’s coming to California very soon.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Matthew Reece

    Those who are against legalization are for armed agents kidnapping or murdering peaceful people over a disagreement concerning what they choose to put into their own bodies.

  • Sandy Greer

    You’d be surprised how many people smoke pot, and STILL manage to get up every morning and go to work.

  • strayaway

    It’s odd that Gerry Brown would be standing in the way. He has tried, in his own way, to balance the California State budget. Marijuana taxes would bring in very needed revenue and relieve prison crowding. It’s not like Californians aren’t using pot. Maybe it has something to do with his training for the priesthood although, I suspect, that also made Gerry Brown a more honest politician than most.

  • Vipertea

    There were rumors the first time he was governor that he and Linda Ronstadt partook of more substances than just cannabis. Governor moonbeam ring a bell? But now he has no memory of those days.