In 2014, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper famously called cannabis legalization “reckless” and added he “wouldn’t have done it” if it were up to him. While Hickenlooper’s stance has since progressed to the extent other states come to him for cannabis reform knowledge, the brewery-owner has been quoted saying, “you don’t choose what you’re legacy is.”
While Hickenlooper has softened his outlook on marijuana, he stated in March, “smoking [cannabis]is very bad for you,” so he doesn’t support cannabis clubs in Colorado. Now, over three years into legalization, Colorado still doesn’t have cannabis clubs or cafes and the topic has become a lingering ailment without a perfect resolution (Initiative 300 should go into effect this Summer, but has limitations).
Hickenlooper’s term won’t end until January 2019, but when it does, at least one potential candidate promises to embrace the role as cannabis ambassador and help social-use move forward. That candidate, Representative Jared Polis, is a long-time cannabis supporter who continually helms a federal bill to declassify marijuana and regulate the substance like alcohol.
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