Some in Marijuana Industry Starting to Raise Money For Anti-Pot Colorado Governor

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It's no secret that Gov. John Hickenlooper isn't exactly high on marijuana legalization.

The former brewpub owner opposed the constitutional amendment that legalized retail marijuana in Colorado. He secured more than $16 million for anti-cannabis education campaigns. And he has called legalization "one of the great social experiments of the 21st century."

But on Tuesday night, the same cannabis industry leaders who Hickenlooper has, at times, found himself at odds with, were scheduled to host a fundraiser for the Democratic governor at a private residence at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. The governor is expected to attend.