AP Interview: Feinstein against legalizing pot

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Updated: 3/19/2014 2:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein is joining Gov. Jerry Brown in expressing skepticism about legalizing marijuana in California for recreational purposes.

The state's senior senator told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday that one of her concerns is the potential for pot-impaired drivers to take to the road. She called that risk "very substantial."

Feinstein says she hopes California declines to join Colorado and Washington in approving the sale of marijuana for recreational use.

California became the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in 1996, but voters rejected a 2010 ballot initiative seeking to legalize it for recreational purposes.

Several legalization petitions are circulating in California this year, although none has yet qualified for the ballot.

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