Colo. governor cautions other states about legalizing retail pot

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WASHINGTON -- Gov. John Hickenlooper gave some advice to his fellow governors this weekend, when the National Governors Association met in Washington D.C.

According to the Washington Post, Hickenlooper addressed the other governors and cautioned them to go slow when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana.

"When governors have asked me, and several have, I say that we don't have the facts," Hickenlooper told reporters, who had gathered for a lunch Friday. "We don't know what the unintended consequences are going to be and we're going to regulate it every way we can. What I do is urge caution. Make sure you look at it very thoroughly."

Hickenlooper, who opposed the passing of legislation to legalize retail pot, said revenue is not a good incentive to legalize a drug.

He added that the drug does not provide any benefits for individuals who use it, but rather can be harmful to young people.

The state will use the first $40 million of pot revenue for school construction, said the governor, the rest will go towards research on the effects of marijuana rather than education or healthcare.

"I don't think governors should be the position of promoting things that are inherently not good for people," he said.


  • Chas Holman

    Ok Hick just can’t stand that he is 100 percent wrong. BUT, he will spend the money and take credit for filling the budget gaps.

    Truth is at this point, he is probably more worried other states will cut into his grass tourists profits.

  • malcolmkyle

    Robert Altemeyer, in his book The Authoritarians, describes the authoritarian in ways that resemble the typically unprincipled prohibitionist:

    “They are highly submissive to established authority, aggressive in the name of that authority and conventional to the point of insisting everyone should behave as their authorities decide. They are fearful and self-righteous and have a lot of hostility in them that they readily direct toward various out-groups. They are easily incited, easily led, rather un-inclined to think for themselves, largely impervious to facts and reason and rely instead on social support to maintain their beliefs. They bring strong loyalty to their in-groups, have thick-walled, highly compartmentalized minds, use a lot of double standards in their judgments, are surprisingly unprincipled at times and are often hypocrites.”

    Prohibition was flawlessly designed to increase drug use, atomize society, impoverish citizens, spread illness, increase unemployment, destroy lives, imprison productive people, subvert democracy, shred the Constitution, empower the ignorant & brutal, facilitate mass surveillance, destroy the educational system, hold people in ignorance, manipulate and censor the media, and enrich a tiny puritanical minority of mega-millionaires and corporate bosses. Sadly, it has succeeded in all these objectives.

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