The man once dubbed “Governor Moonbeam” by Chicago columnist Mike Royko is concerned about California being overrun by potheads:

“Well, we have medical marijuana, which gets very close to what they have in Colorado and Washington. I’d really like those two states to show us how it’s going to work,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Brown said he was worried about what would happen to the nation if too many people used the drug too often.

“And all of a sudden, if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?” he asked. “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.”

Of course, Mr. Royko, who died in 1997, deeply regretted saddling Jerry Brown with that nickname. But, I’m just saying, anyone who dated Linda Ronstadt in the 1970’s has seen a lot worse than pot. I used to live in Los Angeles. From the beaches to the campuses to the basketball courts, it seemed like the whole city was stoned.

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