Colorado Governor Denounces Legal Weed As 'Reckless'

By Shawn Dwyer 10/07/14

In the midst of a close reelection campaign, Gov. Hickenlooper reiterated his opposition to his state's recreational marijuana laws.

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During a gubernatorial debate on Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) described Colorado's legal marijuana laws as "reckless" when asked by a moderator about other governors who might be considering legalization in their own states.

"Any governor that looks at doing this before we see what the consequences are, I would view it as reckless," he said.

Hickenlooper seemed to backtrack a bit when elaborating on his remark, but in the end agreed with his original assessment.

"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," he said. "I opposed it from the very beginning. In matter of fact, all right, what the hell—I'll say it was reckless."

The governor has opposed Colorado's legalization efforts from the start and was a staunch advocate against Amendment 64 in 2012, but conceded to the will of the people after it passed by a large majority. Ever since, Hickenlooper has remained vocal in his opposition to the new law, even going so far as to state that "I hate Colorado having to be the experiment."

Currently, Hickenlooper is locked in a tight reelection battle with Republican challenger, Bob Beauprez, who agreed with the governor during the debate that the law is "reckless." Hickenlooper's political calculation appears flawed, however, given how voters continue to support recreational weed despite the law's hiccups.

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Shawn Dwyer is a writer, editor and content producer living in Los Angeles. You can find him on Linkedin.