Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hickenlooper Loops on Legalization


Medical marijuana is on the ballot as Amendment 2 once again this year in Florida. Get ready for lots of propaganda and disinformation from its opponents to start flooding our airwaves anytime now.  One of the big criticisms in the 2014 race was that Florida's medical marijuana amendment was de facto legalization.

That might not work so well this time, considering how well actual legalization is going. One of its strongest opponents is now keen on it.
When Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana four years ago, one of the move's chief critics was Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The moderate Democrat said that if he could "wave a magic wand" to reverse the decision, he would. Then he called voters "reckless" for approving it in the first place, a remark he later downgraded to "risky."

“Colorado is known for many great things,” Hickenlooper said. “Marijuana should not be one of them.”

But the governor’s views have softened. During a recent panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, he said that despite opposing the legalization of pot, his job was to “deliver on the will of the people of Colorado.”

“If I had that magic wand now, I don’t know if I would wave it,” he said. “It’s beginning to look like it might work.”
The best way to defeat an enemy is to make them a friend. But Sheldon Adelson still won't get high with me and I've given up pressing the issue.

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