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Does AG candidate Dave Jones recall his vote on legal pot? ‘I truly do not’

Dave Jones declines to say whether he supports marijuana legalization

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is running for attorney general, California's top law enforcement official in 2018, but in an interview March 8, 2017 he wouldn't say whether he supports the recent voter-approved law legalizing recreational marij
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is running for attorney general, California's top law enforcement official in 2018, but in an interview March 8, 2017 he wouldn't say whether he supports the recent voter-approved law legalizing recreational marij

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, campaigning to become the state’s top law enforcement official, has forgotten how he voted four months ago on the statewide initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.

Jones, a Democrat from Sacramento, revealed the lapse in memory in a meeting with The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau Wednesday afternoon.

“How did I vote on Prop. 64?” Jones asked in response to a question about his vote. “I don’t want to get it wrong. So I probably won’t say.”

Jones, running for state attorney general next year against incumbent Democrat Xavier Becerra, was asked specifically whether he remembered.

“I truly do not,” Jones replied. “There were a bunch of ballot measures...I know this, I didn’t take a position on it,” he added.

The issue of pot legalization can be tough for some politicians because it’s historically been opposed by powerful law enforcement interests. Becerra’s office did not immediately respond to a question about how he voted on Proposition 64, which was on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Does Jones think marijuana should be legal?

“I think at this point the voters have made that decision,” he said.

“So, that’s where we are. I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to figure out how to make it work.”

In an interview with The Sacramento Bee, Dave Jones declined to comment on how he might handle the job of state attorney general differently than Xavier Becerra, who currently holds the office. He did explain why he was running for the position.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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