In a recent interview with CNN, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper seems to have had yet another change of heart with regards to his thoughts on marijuana legalization in his state. Hickenlooper, who once admitted that he opposed the campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado, is now saying that he has warmed up to legalization after seeing it have a successful first year.
According to an article in Vox.com, Hickenlooper told CNN, “It hasn’t been the economic miracle, the economic sensation that people thought it was going to be. But at the same time, it hasn’t been the nightmare that a lot of us skeptics and critics thought it would be.”
When Hickenlooper was asked if his thoughts on legalization had changed since the state passed its law in 2012, he said, “I think I have changed. I mean, I’m still in the process. I haven’t made up my mind. But if you had asked me the day after the voters … changed our constitution to legalize marijuana, if you asked me if I had magic pixie dust and I could magically change that, I would have done it. Now, I wouldn’t be quite so quick to go back. I’d say let’s give it another year or two and see if we can make a regulatory system that really keeps the bad guys out, keeps the pot away from kids, makes sure roads and highways are safe, and we have resources not just for regulation but to take care of the problems that get created along the way.”
According to the Vox article, Hickenlooper points out that even with the success legalization has had in Colorado, the state has also faced some problems. But it’s important to point out that the expected increase in crime that Hickenlooper claimed legalization would cause never happened.