Expressing reservations about legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Brown said a great nation requires a more alert citizenry "than some of the potheads might be able to put together." Washington and Colorado have legalized the drug, and a Field Poll in December found majority support for legalization in California.
Not from Brown.
"Well, we have medical marijuana, which gets very close to what they have in Colorado and Washington," the Democratic governor said in a taped interview. "I'd really like those two states to show us how it's going to work. The problem with anything, a certain amount is OK. 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 a great 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."
Brown, who was on "Meet the Press" to discuss California's drought and his own politics, has made similar remarks on marijuana legalization before, but he got a chuckle out of moderator David Gregory.
"As a TV guy," Gregory said, "I know a good sound bite when I've heard one."
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown talks to members of the press after speaking at a rally for crime victims in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua