Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was hailed as a hero by marijuana proponents when the plant became legal there a few years ago, But since then, Hickenlooper has gone on to say hat legalizing in his state was a mistake and that it presents a danger to his constituents. Last week, Hickenlooper continued to reiterate his stance when he spoke with HuffPost Live.
According to The Huffington Post, Hickenlooper said, “It’s interesting, we’ve obviously learned a tremendous amount, the whole team has been going at light speed.”
The Governor also admitted that he would tell other states to wait before legalizing pot, so that others can see what the “unintended consequences” of legalization are in his state. This was nothing new from Hickenlooper. He got a lot of attention last October when he made similar comments and proclaimed that it would be “reckless” for other states to legalize pot without taking a few years to study what happens in Colorado.
Hickenlooper also spoke with HuffPost Live about his being against legalization and said that although he would still vote against it, he has a more open mind about the regulation of pot sales.
The Governor explained, “I didn’t want it to be legalized. If I had a magic wand the day after the election and could reverse the election, I would have done it.” Hickenlooper also admitted that the war on drugs is a “dismal failure,” and he’s looking forward to seeing how marijuana legalization evolves in his state over the next two years.
Link to video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/23/john-hickenlooper-davos_n_6506042.html