CALIFORNIA: A Republican fighting to unseat California’s incumbent attorney general has adopted the unconventional strategy of seeking to legalize recreational marijuana as the centerpiece of his uphill campaign.
Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris, meanwhile, has softened her opposition to recreational pot as she seeks a second and final term as the state’s top law enforcement official.
“The circumstances have changed. Now Colorado and Washington have done it,” said Harris, who spoke out against California’s failed Proposition 19 legalization measure when she first ran for statewide office in 2010.
California should wait to see how those states deal with such complex issues as open-air use that can lead to contact highs among bystanders who had no intention of inhaling, Harris said in a telephone interview.