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Gov. Brown talks California drought and the dangers of marijuana legalization on 'Meet the Press'

File: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the Center for American Progress 10th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC, October 24, 2013
File: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the Center for American Progress 10th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC, October 24, 2013
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This weekend's substantial rain storm wasn't anywhere near enough to ease the drought in California. Gov. Jerry Brown spoke Sunday morning on NBC's "Meet The Press" with David Gregory.

"This is the driest period since records have been kept going way back around 1850, and the terrible thing is that not only is it dry, but because of the dryness last year and the forest fires, there's flooding now and mudslides, so you get hit a number of ways, but it just is a portent of very difficult and extreme weather that we're facing into the future," Brown said.

Brown signed a $687 million bill Saturday to provide drought relief in California. It includes bond money for emergency construction in communities facing dry reservoirs, fire fuel reduction efforts in risk areas, and food and housing for farmworkers who are displaced or who have lost jobs because of the drought.

Brown also weighed in on whether the state should consider legalizing marijuana. He says a certain amount of anything is OK, but there can be a tendency to go to extremes. 

"How many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together," Brown said.

At least two marijuana legalization measures are aiming to qualify for November's ballot.

Watch Brown talk drought, marijuana and Hillary Clinton on "Meet The Press" here: