After meeting Colorado governor, California Senate leader has concerns about legalizing recreational pot

Los Angeles Times
by Patrick McGreevy

A chance meeting with the governor of Colorado has left California Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) with concerns about an initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in this state, he said Wednesday.

“I’m not there yet,” De León told reporters when asked his position on Proposition 64. “I don’t know if I am behind the times in comparison to other folks, but I still have my concerns.”

De León said that on a flight back from last month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia he was seated next to Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and the two had a long discussion about the effect of a pot legalization measure approved in that state. The governor had opposed legalization, and said last year that his state’s decision to approve it in 2012 was a “bad idea.”

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