Gov. John Hickenlooper: It Was ‘Reckless’ For Colorado To Legalize Marijuana – Huffington Post

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a debate with his opponent, Republican candidate for governor Bob Beauprez, in Denver, Monday Oct. 6, 2014. Gov. Hickenlooper is facing one of the toughest re-election fights of his political career. Several polls suggest he’s in a close race against Beauprez, a former member of the U.S. House. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a vocal opponent of his state’s legalization of marijuana, said Monday that recreational marijuana laws are “reckless.”

Hickenlooper was asked during a gubernatorial debate about other state governors who may be considering legalizing marijuana.

“I would view it as reckless before we see what the consequences are” in Colorado, Hickenlooper said, International Business Times reported. His Republican challenger, Bob Beauprez, agreed with the “reckless” characterization, according to Politico.

Hickenlooper later expanded on Colorado’s legalization, saying: “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,” Hickenlooper added. “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.”

Kathy Green, interim spokeswoman for the governor, later explained: “In the …read more