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California Lt. Gov. Newsom Calls For Marijuana Legalization

Posted on  December 26, 2012 by  News Admin

  Newsom Adds Voice to Growing List of Prominent U.S. and World Leaders Calling for Alternatives to Failed Drug War    California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is the latest elected official to call for marijuana legalization. In a Friday front page New York Times story, Newsom said he believes marijuana prohibition is counterproductive and voiced his support for making marijuana legal. "These laws just don't make sense anymore," said Lt. Gov. Newsom, widely considered a leading contender for California's governor in 2016. "It's time for policitians to come out of the closet on this."   Newsom first came to international prominence when, in 2004, as the newly-elected mayor of San Francisco, he issued a directive to the city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "Even as public support for legalizing marijuana and marriage equality have both increased dramatically over the past seven years, with the country now roughly split on both issues, senior elected officials have shied from speaking out in favor of the former," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). "Gavin Newsom's leadership is thus all the more important on this issue, as it was with marriage equality."   Newsom joins a rapidly growing number of former and current political leaders who have come out in support of marijuana legalization and ending the war on drugs over the past year.   In Thursday's New York Times, the Drug Policy Alliance ran a full-page ad that thanks voters in Colorado and Washington and emphasizes...