It Was Reckless For Colorado To Legalize Marijuana
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It Was Reckless For Colorado To Legalize Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on October 07, 2014 at 12:04:28 PT
By Matt Ferner, Huffington Post 
Source: Huffington Post
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a vocal opponent of his state's legalization of marijuana, said Monday that recreational marijuana laws are "reckless." Hickenlooper was asked during a gubernatorial debate about other state governors who may be considering legalizing marijuana. "I would view it as reckless before we see what the consequences are" in Colorado, Hickenlooper said, International Business Times reported. His Republican challenger, Bob Beauprez, agreed with the "reckless" characterization, according to Politico.
Hickenlooper later expanded on Colorado's legalization, saying: "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," Hickenlooper added. "But if it was up to me, I wouldn't have done it, right. I opposed it from the very beginning. All right, what the hell -- I'll say it was reckless."Kathy Green, interim spokeswoman for the governor, later explained: "In the face of inaction from the federal government, Colorado voters had no choice but to act on their own. While the governor believes it was reckless for Colorado to be the first state to violate federal drug laws, it is clear that Colorado voters saw no other choice -- and we are committed to carrying out their will, as democracy demands."Hickenlooper has said in the past that he "hates" that Colorado is the "experiment" on marijuana legalization and has urged other governors to be cautious in considering reform laws. He also has said the drug war has been a "disaster" and he can see why so many people support reform.Hickenlooper faces a tight race for re-election in November. It's not clear why he would bash a marijuana law approved by a strong majority of voters. The rollout of the law appears to be "succeeding" and most voters continue to support it, even though state regulation of marijuana sales isn't perfect. "Politically, it’s a pretty reckless statement," Mason Tvert, a key backer of legalization, told The Huffington Post. "Gov. Hickenlooper was elected by 51 percent of the state’s voters, whereas 55 percent approved the marijuana initiative in 2012. Some of them might now be thinking they made a pretty reckless decision when they voted him into office."Tvert added that he finds it odd that Hickenlooper, who was a beer brewer before becoming governor and made his fortune selling alcoholic beverages, would oppose legalization of a substance historically controlled by criminals and cartels. Marijuana legalization passed 55 percent to 45 percent in Colorado in 2012, and made headlines for being more popular than President Barack Obama with voters. Colorado and Washington are the only two states to have legalized recreational marijuana. Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., will decide on legalization next month. Twenty-three states, including Colorado, have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.This article has been updated to include the comment of the governor's spokeswoman. Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Matt Ferner, Huffington Post    Published: October 6, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 20, 2014 at 12:14:47 PT
The problem with Republicans is they use anything to try to get people angry at our President. If Obama says yes they say no and spin and spin it and drive it into the ground. We will vote this year. I still don't understand why his poll ratings are down. He has done a lot of good things for us.
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on October 20, 2014 at 09:33:42 PT
FoM #5
Yesterday, I spent time getting a car repair and researching a practice ballot for the coming election before going to work. I'm tired today but feeling a sense of accomplishment.The GOP depends on low voter turnout in midterm elections. I, for one, will not let them have a green light to do further damage to our country.I am suspicious of the timing of this 'sudden' virulent outbreak of Ebola. (Why is it capitalized?)The ebola scare seems designed to distract from important social election issues, including cannabis legalization and medical cannabis.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 20, 2014 at 08:22:25 PT
Just a Comment
I am surprised that we aren't getting TV coverage of the marijuana issues that will be voted on soon. Ebola has taken most of the TV News coverage and political races. We will probably lose the Senate this time and I don't know how it will be for reform with both House and Senate being Republican more then Democrat. 
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Comment #4 posted by Oleg the Tumor on October 20, 2014 at 08:12:50 PT
Okra? You know we are in trouble…
… But here in northern Ohio, we have a counterfeit Okra ring that has been doing a lot of damage, so you can't be too careful…I am sure that's what the officers were looking for.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on October 07, 2014 at 15:19:54 PT
Okra.... terror in the sky.
Cops Mistake Okra For Marijuana, Send The Big Guns To Man's House
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on October 07, 2014 at 14:03:44 PT
I guess he's through being Governor or thinking about running for much of anything for awhile. 
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Comment #1 posted by vincent on October 07, 2014 at 13:39:07 PT:
voters he ain't gonna get
What a jellyfish Gov. Hickenlooper is. Like all "moderate" Democrats, they fear the Republicans, so they try to sound somewhat "conservative", as this imbecile did in such a ridiculous way. You see, Republicans are trying to control the majority of Statehouses, as well as trying to get control of the Senate, so Democrats are afraid. Do they ACTUALLY believe that they can secure some so-called "conservative" votes? As they say in New York..."forget-a-bout-it"'s not gonna happen. Those fiends will vote for the Republicans, and no one else. For so-called "moderates" to appeal to these guys would be foolhardy. They're not gonna get these voters, and they may lose some of their "base" voters, the ones who put them there in the first place.Every time I see a Democrat act like a jellyfish, and a Libertarian act like a "vulture" Capitalist, It just reminds me of why I registered as a Socialist. 
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