A California anti-drug activist says a high-ranking state
leader's support of the legalization of pot is "highly
State Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has announced his support for
legalization of marijuana in California, telling The New York
Times that laws prohibiting legalization of pot "don't make
sense anymore." So, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he is urging
politicians "to come out of the closet" on this.
is an author and the spokesman for MarijuanaHarmsFamilies.com. He disagrees with
"Mr. Newsom's position on fully legalizing recreational pot is
highly irresponsible," he submits. "What the public has not known
and what they don't know is that there are side consequences to
full-blown legalization of pot. Primarily, teen use, as it did in
the last 20 years, will triple. So, what he's suggesting -- joining
the bandwagon of Colorado and Washington -- is wrong."
The announcement makes Newsom the highest state leader to
support the legalization of marijuana. The Democrat ran against the
state's current governor, Jerry Brown, in the gubernatorial race in
2010. California voters turned down a measure to legalize marijuana
in the state the same year.