by David Downs
The relatively powerless Lieutenant Governor of California and former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is increasingly using his bully pulpit to endorse taxing and regulating pot like alcohol.
On Monday he went on Huffington Post to state: "I am sick and tired of politicians saying one thing in private and saying another in public," he said. "It's time to tax and regulate [marijuana]. The consequences of this war on drugs is an abject failure; it has disproportionately hurt the African American and Latino communities. It's time for politicians...to do the damn right thing on this."
Last week, Newsom went on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," and said most politicians secretly support legalizing marijuana.