Calif. Democrats Split With Gov. Brown on Pot, Fracking

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Monday, 10 Mar 2014 10:48 AM

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The California Democratic Party has put itself at odds with Gov. Jerry Brown by calling for the legalization of marijuana and an "immediate moratorium" on fracking.

The official party platforms adopted at the three-day meeting in the Los Angeles Convention Center are directly opposed to the views of the Democratic governor, who is seeking a historic fourth term in office in the midterm elections, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Brown made his opinions on pot use clear during a recent appearance on NBC’s "Meet the Press," when he declared that he wanted to see the results of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington before supporting pot law reforms in his state.

"The problem with anything [is] a certain amount is OK" Brown said. "But there is a tendency to go to extremes. All of a sudden, if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or 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 has previously approved of certain restrictions on the natural gas and petroleum drilling technique known as fracking, which critics believe is harmful to the environment.
The governor, in fact, was jeered by fracking supporters when he addressed the conference on Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While announcing the steps he’s taking to prevent global warming, Brown said he approved of the heckling, adding, "Keep protesting! But add a bunch of more stuff."

The differences over the two issues show the widening gap between the liberals in the state Democratic party and the more moderate governor. But, according to the Times, recent polls have shown that most Californians agree with the party on relaxing restrictions on marijuana use and fracking.

Either way, the Times added, Brown is the clear front-runner to win the November election, due to what the governor claims has been his ability to help California’s economy recover from chronic budget deficits though voter-approved tax increases.

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