The Cannabist exclusive: Here’s how Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper really feels about marijuana
April 1, 2017
In 2012, when Colorado voters wanted their state to legalize weed for adult recreational use, Gov. John Hickenlooper was thrust into an interesting predicament.
The moderate Democrat had stood in opposition to Amendment 64, a measure he felt would send the wrong message to kids, create public health risks, detract from Colorado's desirability, and, not to mention, stoke the ire of the feds.
But voters' will spoke and Hickenlooper became an extremely reluctant figurehead and participant in one of the most unique social and political experiments in recent years.