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Get Over It, Hickenlooper, Beauprez: Pot is the New Normal

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Neither of the leading candidates in Colorado's gubernatorial race supports legal pot in their state. The Democratic incumbent, John Hickenlooper, said the 2012 vote that allowed recreational pot was "reckless" (it passed with 55 percent of the vote). His Republican challenger, former congressman Bob Beauprez, says "we are at that point" where it should be recriminalized.

They're part of the growing anti-pot backlash that is seeking to stamp out not recreational pot in Colorado and Washington but medical marijuana in the many states that allow it.

And yet by virtually any measure, legal pot in Colorado has been a success: Crime, especially murder, is down in the Denver area, where most legal pot is sold. Automobile fatalites are down statewide. Tax revenues, while lower than originally estimated, are growing every month and will kick in up to $70 millin new dollars to various jurisdictions. There isn't data yet for this year, but the rate of pot use among teenagers in Colorado was lower in 2013 than in 2001, when the state introduced medical marijuana.

Hickenlooper and Beauprez may be fishing for votes that don't exist—one recent poll shows that just 42 percent of Coloradoans iike legalization while another recent poll shows 55 percent still favor it—or they may just be stuck in  an old mind-set.

Either way, I argue in a new Time column, legal pot is only going to become more widespread. That's despite alarmists such as Patrick Kennedy of the anti-pot group Project SAM and the endless stream of invective against legal weed. We've grown up as a country and are now ready to add pot to our list of legal intoxicants. That's a victory (a big one) for freedom and the 750,000 people a year who get arrested for pot.

This much seems certain: In a world where adults can openly buy real pot, you're also less likely to read stories headlined "More People Hospitalized by Bad Batch of Synthetic Marijuana." And support for legalization isn't fading. The market research firm Civic Science finds that 58% of Americans support laws that "would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol."

That figure obviously doesn't include either candidate for governor of Colorado. But just like the rest of the country, whoever wins that race will have to learn to live with pot being legal, crime being down, traffic fatalities declining and fewer teens lighting up.

Read the whole Time col.

I debated Kennedy about legalization in CNN earlier this year. Watch below:

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  1. There’s no way “Hickenlooper” and “Beauprez” are real names. They sound like first drafts for the EPA bureaucrat in Ghostbusters.

    1. Yes it’s true. This man is has no dick.

  2. Never understood why they care what other people do for enjoyment.

  3. Dickinpooper and Blowprez are only against legal weed in as much as the police unions, prison guard unions, and whatever other pubsec unions are are against legal weed. Fuck those guys.

  4. Neither of the leading candidates in Colorado’s gubernatorial race supports legal pot in their state.

    Too bad. It went out as a referendum to the citizens of the state and passed. You want ‘democracy’? It doesn’t get more democratic than that. Deal with it.

    1. “The masses are asses. *Stoned* asses, to boot.”

  5. It pisses me off that one of these taints is going to be Governor. This is why John is an asshole for saying we have to vote R or the D’s will fuck everything up.

    1. He strikes me as a conservative with a rhetorical allegiance to liberty. He’s the quintessential Republican for that reason.

  6. If I had a name like John Hickenlooper I’d change it.
    Something like Dave Hickenlooper or Bill Hickenlooper.

  7. How a world class fuck up like Patrick Kennedy is an authority on anything, much less drug use, blows my mind.

    1. I’m sure the Kennedy kids have done enough drugs to be considered authorities. Oh, that’s not what you meant.

    2. American Royalty.

      or as someone here once said, the Kennedy’s are white trash with money.

    3. The Kennedys are well-known for their… umm… restraint?

  8. Don’t you have any cool lapel pins that you can put on The Jacket, Nick?

    Such as:
    ~ The Rolling Stones lips

    ~ The Misfits ghoul face

    ~ The Hawaiian Punch beach bum

  9. Crime, especially murder, is down in the Denver area, where most legal pot is sold.

    “Dude, wanna go kill some strippers?”

    “Nah, let’s get high.”

    1. “Dude wanna kill the dude who stole your weed?”
      “Nah, let’s just use the court system.”

      1. “Lets go kill everyone at school.”
        “Shut the fuck up and pass the bong.”

  10. They’re part of the growing anti-pot backlash that is seeking to stamp out not only recreational pot in Colorado and Washington but medical marijuana in the many states that allow it.

    Hickenlooper and Beauprez may be fishing for votes that don’t exist?one recent poll shows that just 42 percent of Coloradoans iike like legalization while another recent poll shows 55 percent still favor it?or they may just be stuck in an old mind-set.

    1. one recent poll shows that just 42 percent of Coloradoans like legalization while another recent poll shows 55 percent still favor it?or they may just be stuck in an old mind-set.

      Wait, what?

  11. This is an opening for the state LP. Forget these two clowns.

  12. Its too late. Go ahead, recrimnalize here in Colorado.
    It would take an army to stop it, now thier are growers, suppliers, a huge network, it would be such a hassle and expense for law enforcement, and than not even talking the backlash from the voting populace.
    I should run for Governor. Hell, its a brewmaster who doesnt like pot (wonder why) V a Republican who doesnt like because he thinks his Bible tells him so.

  13. Hickenlooper and Beauprez may be fishing for votes that don’t exist?one recent poll shows that just 42 percent of Coloradoans iike legalization while another recent poll shows 55 percent still favor it?or they may just be stuck in an old mind-set.

    Or they may have calculated, probably correctly, that of the few people who would decide who to vote for based on this issue, more are anti than pro. In terms of predicting candidate elections, it matters how big a majority of people are on a given side of an issue if you ask them, compared to where the weight lies among the few, possibly very few, who care enough to make that a deciding point in voting for or against someone.

  14. “Republican challenger, former congressman Bob Beauprez, says “we are at that point” where it should be recriminalized.”

    Did he really say this? Because if that’s the case then it might just be better for the voters of CO to re-elect Mr. Reckless who at least is following the will of the voters. While at the same time they should vote for more Republicans, Independents, etc.,for the legislature who can check him on other issues. Hickenlooper may have called it reckless, but at least he admitted the Drug War was a failure and doesn’t seem willing to restart it against pot. But, Beauprez….recriminalize? Fuck him!

  15. Hickenlooper must be losing money on his microbrewery:

    http://www.wynkoop.com/brewery/

    Funny how profiting from deregulation is fine for some businesses but not others. Remember it’s only been about 35 years since the small brewing/home brewing rules were changed to make it legal.

  16. Anti Pot Backlash? These Prohibitionist have always been anti pot.
    It’s amazing how staunchly rigid these clowns are in contrast with the citizens of the state.

    Dems and Reps, different pages from the same the same bad book.

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