Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper calls legalizing marijuana 'reckless'

"What the hell -- I'll say it was reckless," said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Oct. 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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DENVER, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has come under fire for criticizing the state's decision to legalize recreational marijuana use, calling it "reckless."

When asked during a gubernatorial debate Monday his advice for other governors considering legalizing recreational marijuana, Hickenlooper cautioned them not to act too quickly.

"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," Hickenlooper began.

"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. All right, what the hell -- I'll say it was reckless."

Hickenlooper's comments drew immediate fire from the citizens of Colorado who voted to legalize marijuana.

"Politically, it's a pretty reckless statement," Mason Tvert, an active opponent of marijuana prohibition, 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."

Despite disagreeing with the majority of his constituents about marijuana legislation, pro-pot Coloradans may have little other choice, as Hickenlooper's Republican opponent Bob Beauprez agrees with Hickenlooper's stance.

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