California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom: Drug-free society a ‘mirage’

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom totally schools his boss on legal marijuana during a Tuesday morning appearance on MSNBC's "Ronin Farrow Daily."


When asked by Farrow why he’s coming out against Brown on marijuana, Newsom said that he’s been frustrated for some time, citing the tremendous increase in California‘s prison population.

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“I remember in 1977 when Gov. Brown was first in office, we went from indeterminate sentencing to determinate sentencing — we had 20,000 people in our prisons. In 2007, we had 173,000 people in our prisons. You start looking at the war on drugs, you look at the corollaries as it relates to mandatory minimums and our aggressive efforts — particularly as it relates to people of color and poor communities — to incarcerate our way to solving this problem, it’s failed. A trillion dollars wasted, I’m just frustrated.”