VIDEO: Beer or marijuana? Gov. Hickenlooper talks about Colorado’s marijuana industry
The tone around marijuana hasn’t just changed in the Colorado Legislature since the state’s voters enshrined recreational cannabis in the state Constitution in 2012, with the first stores opening in 2014.
On the national stage, the commitment to legalization by top Colorado politicians appears to be growing stronger, even as the attitude of the federal government could be shifting toward greater enforcement.
Meanwhile, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed legalization and has often criticized the growing industry, made his strongest statement yet in support during a national broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press” in February. While the governor stopped short of endorsing the industry, he said he is as close as he has ever been to calling it a success.