State Insurance Commissioner Recalls He Voted 'No' on Marijuana Prop

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones ( Courtesy of California Department of Insurance)

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has now remembered how he voted on the state's Proposition 64 to legalize pot, and he says he voted "no."

In an interview this week with the Sacramento Bee, Jones said that he didn’t remember how he voted on the state proposition to legalize recreational marijuana on the November 2016 ballot. But pressed by KQED today, in light of Jones’ bid for state attorney general in 2018, his memory returned.

"I voted to oppose the proposition," Jones said. "But ultimately the proposition passed, and so my job is to make it work."

Jones said he considered arguments that the proposition would decriminalize pot, but also questioned whether the state was ready.

"I had a lot of ambivalence about it, frankly, and the reason I couldn’t recall my vote at the time of the interview is because of that ambivalence," he added.

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Jones added that he is committed to the successful implementation of the law both as commissioner now and, he says, hopefully as attorney general in the future.

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