BURLINGAME -- Ron Nehring, a GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, issued a rebuke of marijuana legalization on Saturday, saying advocates of decriminalizing the drug are putting children in harm’s way.
“Anyone who thinks that this is only going to be limited to adults needs to put the crack pipe down because that is simply not reality,” Nehring said at the California Republican Party’s convention.
Colorado and Washington thrust the issue onto the national stage when the states legalized marijuana.
Nehring, the former state GOP chairman, stood beside a poster quoting Gov. Jerry Brown from a recent appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” In that interview, the Democratic governor questioned how California could be expected to prosper while people get stoned.
“I think Jerry Brown is exactly spot-on,” Nehring said. He called for a debate on pot with Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who favors legalizing the drug.
“If Gavin Newsom is not willing to debate me, then perhaps he would be willing to debate Gov. Brown,” Nehring said. “And maybe they can have a debate on high-speed rail while they’re at it.”
– Christopher Cadelago
AT THE CAPITOL
Assembly Democrats will vote in their next leader today. After months of intrigue and speculation, Democrats in January removed any drama around who would replace termed-out Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez by unanimously backing Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat. Today’s vote represents the next step in the leadership transition. Atkins will likely take over from Pérez before June, although the exact timeline remains in flux.
– Jeremy B. White
“Putting a person in every single race is not an effective way to use your money or your resources.”
Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican, backing the California GOP’s plan to focus on key races.