DENVER — He still thinks Colorado voters made a mistake when they legalized marijuana two years ago, but Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is not above taking the pot industry’s campaign money as he faces a tough re-election battle next month.
And when Mr. Hickenlooper denounced the vote to legalize recreational pot smoking as “reckless” during a debate this week, there were more than a few double takes from those in the legalization movement here.
Not because Mr. Hickenlooper‘s views on legalizing marijuana aren’t well known — the Democratic governor has long opposed it — but because the governor has been privately soliciting campaign funds from the marijuana industry even as he publicly condemns the November 2012 vote that ushered in the state’s recreational pot market.
Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, was quick to point out the discrepancy, saying that Mr. Hickenlooper was “hypocritical” and behaving like “a politician in full election mode.”
“I just think it’s craven,” Mr. St. Pierre told The Washington Times. “Considering what he had told us in private in this fundraising effort, I was definitely surprised to see him [revert] back to this notion that the citizens of Colorado have done something untoward or illogical. And now that blowback is certainly happening.”
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