Colorado Governor Warns Other States About Legalizing Pot

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told a group of reporters at last week’s National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., that he’d been approached by a half-dozen other governors about legalizing marijuana.

Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz reports that Hickenlooper, whose administration last week announced it expects a windfall from marijuana taxes and fees in the coming year, warned his fellow governors about looking to pot as a revenue source.

Arguing that the war on drugs had been a major failure, “a disaster,” Hickenlooper said of legalization of marijuana, “This is going to be one of the great social experiments of the 21st century. But going out and getting tax revenue is absolutely the wrong reason to even think about legalizing recreational marijuana.”

Marijuana, he said, “doesn’t make people smarter, doesn’t make people healthier,” and puts young people especially at risk. He said the state would use the first $40 million in revenue from the sales of the drug for school construction, but after that the money will be used to study the effects and protect young people who may be harmed by the use of marijuana. 

“We’re going to not use this as a source of revenue to help education or expanding health care,” he said. “We’re going to use it in health care where it will relate to marijuana activity … I don’t think governors should be the position of promoting things that are inherently not good for people.”

– Read the entire article at Oregon Live.