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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Colorado Governor Now Thinks That Marijuana Legalization Is Working, No Longer ‘Reckless’

john hickenlooper marijuana coloradoOne of the leading opponents to marijuana legalization during the 2012 campaign in Colorado was Colorado’s own Governor John Hickenlooper. Even after the election, Hickenlooper opposed marijuana legalization, referring to it as being ‘reckless.’ I think that Governor Hickenlooper wanted very much to despise marijuana legalization, but even he has to admit that things are going much better than he expected in Colorado, which he did recently while speaking on a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles. Per the Los Angeles Times:

“If I had that magic wand now, I don’t know if I would wave it,” he said. “It’s beginning to look like it might work.”

It was the latest in a series of comments Hickenlooper has made signaling what looks like an evolution of his views on marijuana. In April last year, during an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Hickenlooper said legal weed was “not as vexing as we thought it was going to be.”

And during an appearance on “60 Minutes,” he predicted that Colorado might “actually create a system that could work” in successfully regulating marijuana.

Governor Hickenlooper’s comments are big on multiple levels. Obviously his opinion is very important because he’s the Governor of Colorado, which is largely considered to be the center of the American cannabis scene right now. But also Governor Hickenlooper’s comments are important because his name has been getting thrown around as a potential Vice President candidate. There’s still a lot of time left for the Democratic primary race, and after that there will be a more official search for VP, but having someone who is high on the Democratic party’s list for VP that also recognizes that marijuana legalization works can only be a good thing I’d assume.

  • jason

    This is great…but rest assured the prohibitionists will continue to use the previous quote to try to deceive people..like they have been doing for 80 years..

    everyone just needs to make sure to remember this story…and be capable of wielding it..against prohibitionists every time they attempt to put forth the BS story about his previous quotes…

    • It’s like I said before: We need to keep on standing our ground; marijuana prohibition will never die quickly enough unless we spread the truth as farther as we can across the country and around the world.

  • SilentPatriot

    Saving a TON on jails and prisons too, I bet!

    • Closet Warrior

      Unfortunately, no. Colorado IS the prison state. The worst of the worst are there at their supermax prisons and they’re building more as we speak. Prison is a BUSINESS in this country and he, Hickenlooper, is just another politician who happens to live in a cash cow state. He just hits the bowl, takes the taxpayers paychecks and turn a blind eye to their prison OVERPOPULATION!problem. Not cool

      • I wonder how much the prison businesses are lobbying against legalization. They stand to loose out big!

        • Buzzby19491

          Prison corporations, prison guard unions, and law enforcement organizations are among the largest contributors to groups opposing legalization.

          • That makes me sick… and to think we’re paying these guy’s ridiculous pensions for 40+ years. I really hope it goes legal and they have to trim the fat from their giant budgets.

  • Jerry Bisbo

    Does this mean he’s taking out the beer taps in the governors mansion and buying a bong? Lol

  • OneKindSite

    So it’s a good business for the state and perhaps it’s not been a negative on Colorado culture and society? Is this what’s happening? Oh, and people who need medicine may legally obtain it without fear of being arrested to feel better? Is this what is happening in Colorado? Is this ultimately what the Governor is talking about?