California Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses Democrats, Apr. 13, at the state
 party convention in Sacramento. PHOTO/Shane Bond

CADEM CONVENTION | California Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom challenged the political establishments on both sides of the aisle Saturday afternoon calling for decriminalizing marijuana and describing the decades-long war on drugs as “an abject failure.”

“I think it’s time for politicians of all stripes to come out of the closet,” he said. “I think it’s time to decriminalize—to tax—and regulate marijuana. It’s time to face the facts that our drug laws have done more harm than good. The war on drugs is an abject failure.”

Newsom’s remarks at this weekend’s Democratic state convention drew some of the most raucous responses from delegates with many quickly rising their feet and raising their arms in approval.

Earlier in his speech, Newsom even made a lighthearted reference to his support for medical marijuana, when he jokingly recounted the past six days of the so-called “Newsom administration” (Newsom is serving as acting governor while Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission in China), he said the “Gavin Newsom Acting Governor Library is currently being constructed in the back of a medical marijuana dispensary.” As the group cheered, he added. “I’m looking forward to it as well.”

Newsom also touched on two other subjects typically uncomfortable for many politicians to broach. He called for abolishing the death penalty in California and faulted it for targeting blacks in disproportionate numbers. “It’s not a deterrent. It’s not full-proof. It is racially biased,” Newsom said. “It costs more and there is no way to reverse a mistake when you put an innocent person wrongly-accused to die.”

Overall high unemployment and a shrinking middle class should be placed atop the progressive agenda, said Newsom. Three of the five largest metropolitan areas in the country—Fresno, Modesto and Bakersfield—possess jobless figures “at Depression-era levels,” said Newson, who contrasted it with low unemployment rates in Marin County hovering just over five percent. “It s like we’re living in two distinct worlds within our own state.”


  1. Prohibition didn't work on alcohol and it's not working on cannabis!!! It just creates violence and gangs love prohibition. Legalize, control, regulate and tax marijuana. Let's get smart people.


  2. Spoiled rich boy. He's a jackass and has to rely on other delusional jackasses for support. A boil on the ass of humanity.


  3. Where is the dirt on Alberto Torrico's wife beyotch-slappin' Trish Tahmasbi around last night? 😉 I've heard bits and pieces through the grapevine but not the whole story. C'mon Tavares…spill the beans! I know you know something. Hahaha… 😉


  4. By MW:

    Since: one, lawyers have far and away the highest rates of drug usage of any major profession, and most of the lawyers snd law firms which make large election campaign contributions make them to the Democratic Party; and two, San Francisco, and which is Newsom's homebase, is a city in which drug usage, and including among the city's lawyers and leaders, is standard procedure, and still furthermore since SF's population of 800K includes its being infested with approx twenty thousand lawyers, therefore if those who say all politics is local politics are correct, then Newsom is doing a great job of playing local politics.

    NOTE: California has a population of approx forty million and SF has a pop of approx 800K, meaning SF contains approx two percent of California's total population.

    However the total number of people with active California law licenses is approx 178K, and with approx 20K of them in SF, meaning that SF has over ten percent of the Californians with active law licenses. So, and not surprisingly since SF is so loaded to the hilt with licensed common criminsls, among major cities SF is the most extreme case in the entire country of a place in which a criminal can get away with murder, arranging a multimillion dollar arson fire, or any other major crime as long as the under the table bribes are paid.

    Ask Newsom, Kamala Harris, George Gascon, and Willie Brown for more details.


  5. It's all about him all of the time.

    Title of biography: “I'm the Real-Life Narcissus!” Or “Me, Myself, and I!”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s