Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is no fan of marijuana. “I don't like it — I don't like the smell, I don't want to see it around,” The former San Francisco mayor said on a visit to our weed-scented city.
This may come as a surprise, considering Newsom is the highest-ranking elected official in the state to squarely, solidly and “unequivocally” support full legalization of the loathed plant, a stance he's been up-front about for the past year.
It seems he hates the drug war even more. And he's not alone. New polling sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union revealed 2-to-1 support in the state for freeing the weed. With that surge of public support, Newsom, the ACLU, and a panel of experts will spend the next two years studying just how marijuana legalization can happen in California — just in time for the 2016 ballot.