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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. When asked about revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server and Republican effort to hamper her presidential campaign, the Democratic leader said that the congressional probes were a ?waste of time? and the "politics of personal destruction". (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nancy Pelosi said she's for legalizing the recreational use of pot in California


I will vote for it, but I have not made a public statement about it until right this very second.
Pelosi told the Los Angeles Times

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday she plans to vote for California's Proposition 64, which seeks to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. 

She didn't elaborate any further. 

If Proposition 64 passes, anyone 21 or older will be legally allowed to use marijuana. The medical use of marijuana is already legal in the state. 

Until this weekend, Pelosi hadn't weighed in on the measure, but her backing it makes her one of the few high-ranking politicians to support the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. 

According to CNN, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seemed less than enthusiastic about a similar measure in his state. 

In August, Reid said he was "very, very dubious and concerned” about the recreational use of marijuana, despite supporting the use of medical marijuana. Reid added that recreational use of marijuana needs to be studied "quite a bit longer." 

Pelosi's stance on recreational marijuana also puts her at odds with the Obama administration which "steadfastly opposes legalization of marijuana." 

Along with her backing this measure, Pelosi has endorsed Proposition 62, which would repeal the death penalty. 

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