CA Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Speaks Up For Pot!
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is just the latest high-powered politician calling for a more common sense approach to America’s drug problems and the outright legalization of marijuana. Adorning the front page of today’s New York Times, the chronic story of cannabis winning the West, in which Newsom clearly states he passionate belief that the current marijuana prohibition is extremely counterproductive and pronounced his support for making pot legal. Gavin, is currently accepted as being one of the leading candidates for California’s highly anticipated governor race gearing up for 2016, commented, “These laws just don’t make sense anymore,” so “it’s time for politicians to come out of the closet on this.”
Mr. Newsom first hit the national stage when, back in late 2004, as the new kid on the block in San Francisco politics. He issued a bold command to San Francisco’s county clerk, license and allow same-sex couples to be married, regardless of any federal opposition.
“Even as public support for legalizing marijuana and marriage equality have both increased dramatically over the past seven years, with the country now roughly split on both issues, senior elected officials have shied from speaking out in favor of the former,” noted Ethan Nadelmann, from the Drug Policy Alliance. “Gavin Newsom’s leadership and willingness to speak out on this important issue, similar to the way he treated marriage equality – is critical.”
Newsom is just the latest to hop on board the marijuana legalization bandwagon. A rapidly growing cluster of frustrated ex politicians and current policymakers, who have come together to speak out in support of marijuana legalization, and ending the war on drugs over the past year.
In Thursday’s New York Times, the Drug Policy Alliance ran a full-page ad that thanks voters in Colorado and Washington and emphasizes the growing support for drug policy reform among leaders from across the political spectrum.
This year, President Bill Clinton joined several other former presidents in sharply criticizing the war on drugs in the just-released documentary Breaking the Taboo. Meanwhile, two U.S. governors from opposite sides of the aisle who are often mentioned as 2016 presidential candidates – New York’s Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey’s Chris Christie – have embraced varying degrees of drug policy reform. Gov. Christie broke ranks with fellow Republicans by calling the drug war a failure, while Gov. Cuomo committed to ending New York’s racially discriminatory marijuana arrest crusade. Even strange bedfellows like evangelical leader Pat Robertson and former President Jimmy Carter spoke out in support of legally regulating marijuana this year. In Latin America, presidents such as Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia), Otto Pérez Molina (Guatemala), and José Mujica (Uruguay) are calling for alternatives to prohibition. source
Gavin’s remarks come on the heels of President Obama’s interview with Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20, which was the presidents first opportunity to comment on the wave of marijuana legalization sweeping the nation – the president famously framed the argument as a clash between state and federal laws. During his interview on 20/20 the president went on to state that, people who use marijuana in states that have legalized pot should not be a “top priority” for the underfunded DOJ.