Hickenlooper Almost Had a Point
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Hickenlooper Almost Had a Point
Posted by CN Staff on October 07, 2014 at 19:59:15 PT
By Arit John 
Colorado -- What would Governor John Hickenlooper tell other governors whose states may follow Colorado's lead and legalize recreational marijuana? We're pretty sure he would call it “reckless.”“Any governor that looks at doing this before we see what the consequences are, I would view it as reckless,” he said during a debate Monday, according to the International Business Times.
Asked if Colorado voters were reckless when they voted for it two years ago, he gave the following answer: “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. I opposed it from the very beginning. In matter of fact, all right, what the hell — I'll say it was reckless.”At least one marijuana advocate has noted the irony of the governor criticizing a policy that was more popular than his gubernatorial campaign. “It's odd that someone elected by 51 percent of the voters would criticize 55 percent of the voters for approving a ballot measure,” Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project said during a phone interview, adding that voters might consider electing him reckless. Hickenlooper is in a tight re-election race against Republican Bob Beauprez, who also opposes legalization.There's also the fact that Hickenlooper is “a former brewer and a seller of a drug far more dangerous than marijuana," Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of the marijuana advocacy group NORML, told Denver's Westword. In July he and President Obama posed for photos holding beers in a Colorado bar.“I opened the first brewpub in the Rocky Mountains, back in 1988,” Hickenlooper said in June. The difference, he argued, is that alcohol is heavily regulated. “We had to go through so many hoops to get a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms license to brew beer,” the governor continued. “We should be no less rigorous with the marijuana industry, and we’re going to be.”In that sense, he almost has a point. Colorado has had to reconsider how marijuana-laced edibles are packaged and regulated. The Marijuana Policy Project began an ad campaign last month, featuring a billboard alluding to Maureen Dowd's bad trip, encouraging users to consume edibles responsibly and understand that edibles can be very potent. A week later the state introduced new regulations on the packaging of edibles to make sure customers know how much THC they're consuming. Going forward, states will benefit from that knowledge.The problem with Hickenlooper's recklessness claim is that Colorado has actually done a good job regulating marijuana, making millions of dollars in the process. A July Brookings Institute report noted that the state needed to address the inconsistent THC levels in edibles but said the implementation of legalization was “largely successful.” And activists argue that just because other states haven't passed a law doesn't mean it's dangerous."The goal of Colorado voters was to end prohibition,” Tvert said. Hickenlooper doesn't believe the legalization of alcohol is reckless, and “it's irrational for him to not think the same about a less harmful substance like marijuana.”Source: (USA)Author: Arit John Published: October 7, 2014Copyright: 2014 Bloomberg L.P.Contact: view bloomberg.netWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #12 posted by Oleg the Tumor on October 11, 2014 at 13:40:31 PT
Under "Reckless" in the dictionary . . .
. . . one might find everybody who signed the Declaration of Independance.  That WAS a hanging offense!Sign Me,Reckless
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on October 09, 2014 at 12:56:59 PT
The poll is still up, so you can still vote.
But it doesn't look like I thought it would. It looks about like the election... with about fifty four percent thinking it wasn't "reckless".
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on October 09, 2014 at 06:29:46 PT
Almost 54% said no. I hope everyone votes on this poll. That seems way too close.
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on October 08, 2014 at 19:48:19 PT
POLLDo you agree with Gov. John Hickenlooper that it was "reckless" for Colorado voters to legalize marijuana?YESNO
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Comment #8 posted by Vincent on October 08, 2014 at 17:46:03 PT:
a repeat
As I wrote before, the real reason Hickenlooper said that nonsense is because he's in a tough fight for re-election against a more "conservative" Republican, and he believes that if he TRIES to talk more "conservatively" that he can peel off some votes from the Republican.Such a fool.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 08, 2014 at 16:18:39 PT
We are voting for sure!
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on October 08, 2014 at 11:28:28 PT
Midterm Elections: Who Cares? (CNN)
Governor Hickenlooper isn't the only one spreading disinformation lately. Remember when President Obama got shellacked the last midterm elections, when deep neocon money helped seize statehouses & the House of Representatives. Result: disfunctional Congress and state attacks on voting rights, social security, labor & women's rights and on MMJ. MMJ was described as a "hoax," a "fraud" and now as "reckless." Who cares? We do. Vote if you don't want a Republican-controlled Congress, Senate & more statehouse monkeyshines.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 08, 2014 at 10:01:44 PT
I would feel bad for Colorado is a Republican won.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on October 08, 2014 at 08:48:53 PT
Just checking around the web.... Hickenlooper has a lot more problems than this one. It's hard to believe he has a chance after this statement and some of the others he's blundered through. His judgement is looking very weak in a lot of areas. It looks like he's tired of it all and ready to throw in the towel. He should let another Democrat run in his place. If he could.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on October 08, 2014 at 08:24:54 PT
"There is not enough data".
Oh my word. What does he want? We have "Data" since the beginning of recorded time. What does he want? Probably fifteen percent of Americans use it and have for many, many years... albeit mostly clandestinely. Oh I know. He wants more "Data" saying it's dangerous, deadly, and poisonous... now or later. He wants data that indicates it should be prohibited because of his unreasonable hatred for the use of the plant. That's the only data he wants and the only data he will accept. He wants more lies, injustice, and punishment from the likes of him upon the likes of people that appreciate or use cannabis.He's dull. Very dull. Dense, stubborn, fearful, and ignorant come to mind as well.He would have been one of our forbears that feared and believed that locomotives were the devil incarnate.If he wants to stay ignorant... that's fine. It is not fine for him to keep persecuting others because of his ignorance, though. Not at all! And that's obviously what he wants to do.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 08, 2014 at 05:47:45 PT
Drug Policy Alliance Press Release
D.C. Council Votes Unanimously to Strengthen Record Sealing Laws to Relieve People with Prior Marijuana Possession ArrestURL:
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on October 08, 2014 at 04:43:44 PT
I'm disappointed with Governor Hick's comment etc. like many are, however, one of the things that may come from all this co-motion is that Colorado could end up with a Republican in His seat. Unfortunately, We need to rationalize the need to vote for Hick and not leave that one blank, which as a Colorado voter I'm tempted to do.Letting a Repub in would be a step in the wrong direction, in My view.
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