Colorado Governor Does About-Face on Marijuana Legalization

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a vocal opponent of legalizing recreational marijuana, has changed his mind.

The Democratic governor had opposed the decision by Colorado voters in 2012 to legalize adult-use cannabis through Amendment 64. Two years later, in 2014, Hickenlooper suggested that vote was “reckless.”

But now Hickenlooper is backtracking, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Referring to another statement he made in 2014 while running for reelection – when he told the Denver Post that if he could “wave a magic wand” and undo voters’ decision he would – Hickenlooper said recently in Los Angeles: “If I had that magic wand now, I don’t know if I would wave it. It’s beginning to look like it might work.”

Hickenlooper’s marijuana czar, Andrew Freedman, later clarified to the Times that the governor still thinks the “grand experiment” of legalization in Colorado continues to play out, but that “he’s optimistic.”

“In the beginning, we had problems with edibles and hash oil fires but now, for the most part, Colorado looks a lot like it did before legalization,” Freedman said.

8 comments on “Colorado Governor Does About-Face on Marijuana Legalization
  1. Karen on

    Governor Hickenloops experienced metanoia- the steady, resolute changing of the mind, through the introduction of new ideas. That’s hard to do for some people in elected office. Atta Boy, Governor!

    Reply
  2. mike on

    Yeah you bet he changed his mind. $8 million in sales last year, $13 million this year. He entered office to help with the budget crisis in Colorado. Seems like just another politician that listens to money and not his constituents. Now that the money is flowing in “he has changed his mind”. Looks like a lifelong politician in the making.

    Reply
    • Cactus Bill on

      I do agree with much of your statement in general, although in this struggle even small praise from a major political figure is much appreciated.
      Governor Hickenlooper has exhibited a degree of contrition for his previous opinion.
      How about we all applaud that, thank him and be grateful.
      Our cause needs all the help we can get.

      Reply
    • Don on

      As I recall he was opposed to legalization but did not work to stop it because he saw that his constituents were so strongly in favor. You have to give him credit for listening to those who elected him.

      Reply
  3. Michael on

    The Love Of Money can make some people change their mind, for the year of 2015, Colorado sold $996,184,788 worth of recreational and medical marijuana, that is almost one billion dollars worth. More than $135 million was collected in taxes and fees, more than $35 million was earmarked for school construction projects. Reference: The Cannabis, Denver, CO.

    Reply
  4. Michael on

    The Love Of Money can make some people change their mind, for the year of 2015, Colorado sold $996,184,788 worth of recreational and medical marijuana, that is almost one billion dollars worth. More than $135 million was collected in taxes and fees, more than $35 million was earmarked for school construction projects. Reference: The Cannabis, Denver, CO.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *