Colorado Gov. Calls Legalizing "Reckless"
In a debate against Republican rival Bob Beauprez, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper stated that those who voted pro cannabis were "reckless." The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce sponsored the debate in which Hickenlooper was asked how he felt about legalizing cannabis.
Since 2012, Hickenlooper has been a known opposer of Amendment 64 which legalized limited marijuana sales to adults 21 and over in Colorado. At first, the governor danced around the idea that pro cannabis voters were reckless. However, in the debate, he referred to Colorado voters when he said, "I think for us to do that without having all the data, there is not enough data, and to a certain extent you could say it was reckless. I'm not saying it was reckless because I'll get quoted everywhere, but if it was up to me I wouldn't have done it, right. I opposed it from the very beginning. In matter of fact, all right, what the hell -- I'll say it was reckless."
Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, understands Hickenlooper's statement but he does not agree with it. "I think he's surely caught up in an election," St. Pierre says, "which is unfortunate, because he's a former brewer and a seller of a drug far more dangerous than marijuana. And he also contacted NORML specifically asking for donations to his reelection, because he is championing a change of law. So it seems rather hypocritical to turn to an audience and say he thinks what the people did was reckless. What we're seeing is a politician in full election mode."
Seems like Hickenlooper is a hypocrite. Will you be voting for him this November?