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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN
California is referred to as a bellwether, a state that produces social trends and political movements that spread throughout the country.
This time, you had better hope you're spared. When it comes to the wacky left coast politics on display in this year's elections in California, trust me: You don't want any of this.
There's an initiative on the ballot that would legalize marijuana and allow any California resident 21 years and older to possess 1 ounce for personal use.
I think some of our politicians are getting ahead of themselves. They're obviously under the influence of something.
There are two big races this year, for U.S. Senate and governor.
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