This November, Colorado voters will have the opportunity to legalize the use and possession of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21. Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) has decided to speak out against Amendment 64, claiming that passing it would be harmful to children.
The Governor released a statement against the amendment, explaining that legalization is not the way to handle the problems with marijuana prohibition. The statement reads,
“Colorado is known for many great things – marijuana should not be one of them. Amendment 64 has the potential to increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are okay.
“Federal laws would remain unchanged in classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance, and federal authorities have been clear they will not turn a blind eye toward states attempting to trump those laws. While we are sympathetic to the unfairness of burdening young people with felony records for often minor marijuana transgressions, we trust that state lawmakers and district attorneys will work to mitigate such inequities.”
Gov. Hickenlooper used to own the Wynkoop Brewing Company brewpub in Denver, a fact which led Amendment 64 supporter Mason Tvert to call Hickenlooper’s statement, “one of the most hypocritical statements in the history of politics.”
Recent polls found 47% of Coloradoans to be in favor of marijuana legalization.