Six years ago, the California Democratic Party joined most of its elected leaders in declining to endorse the marijuana legalization initiative on the fall ballot.
In arguing for a neutral position, Democratic activists said they were worried an endorsement would harm their leading candidates, Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, who were in competitive contests for governor and the U.S. Senate.
This year’s measure to legalize recreational pot, however, has stirred no similar concerns.
On Sunday, at their executive board meeting in Long Beach, Democrats opted to embrace the pot proposal after hearing from one of its chief supporters, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a leading candidate to succeed Brown as governor in 2019.
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Christopher Cadelago ~ Sacramento Bee ~