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Marijuana: John Hickenlooper compares teen pot smoking to underage drinking

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John Hickenlooper
After Governor John Hickenlooper ate cafeteria food and danced with elementary school students yesterday, we asked him about another issue that, at least according to him, is relevant to youth: the regulation of marijuana.

Following up on a statement his office sent out last week announcing that Hickenlooper opposes Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol act, the governor told us that he's concerned underage pot smoking would rise to levels of underage drinking.

Hickenlooper's statement said in part:

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.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and other officials at Lowry Elementary School press conference yesterday
Predictably, backers of Amendment 64 pounced on the governor's announcement and the initiative's opponents cheered.

Supporters of the amendment, who have been leading a bipartisan push to pass 64, see Hickenlooper's opposition as especially hypocritical and backwards given his background in beer with the Wynkoop Brewing Company.

Here's an excerpt from the statement Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert sent out in response to Hickenlooper last week:

Governor Hickenlooper's statement today ranks as one of the most hypocritical statements in the history of politics. After building a personal fortune by selling alcohol to Coloradans, he is now basing his opposition to this measure on concerns about the health of his citizens and the message being sent to children. We certainly hope he is aware that alcohol actually kills people. Marijuana use does not. The public health costs of alcohol use overall are approximately eight times greater per person than those associated with marijuana. And alcohol use is associated with violent crime. Marijuana use is not.

As seen in this new ad campaign, Amendment 64 backers argue that some people simply prefer marijuana to alcohol and shouldn't be criminalized for that, especially since marijuana is arguably safer and less harmful than alcohol.

After the press conference yesterday, we asked the governor what his response was to the criticisms of his hypocrisy given his history of brewing.

Continue to read Governor Hickenlooper's thoughts about Amendment 64 and underage drinking.


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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

I suppose that Hick would be the expert in underage drinking, since he sells booze.

Jen Symank
Jen Symank

Prohibition solves nothing. The issue of using pot will still exist for teens legal or not, just like it does for drinking, smoking, and sex! The morality of these decisions to use/not use should be left to the parents, not the government.

Ricky Theil
Ricky Theil

I wonder how many people have died as a result of the alcohol that Hickenlooper has made for people over the years.

Kelli Petersen
Kelli Petersen

Personally, I think marijuana would be preferable to alcohol for teens.

D.j. Valdez
D.j. Valdez

Except you dont see kids getting car crashes, hit and runs, poisoning themselves and having their stomachs pumped with marijuana.. Lets look at the real facts and get our minds out of the old ways of thinking.

Anne Freeman
Anne Freeman

HickenDufus ran nothing but positive ads, no relative information on his experience. Yet he was removed from his position from his partners because he was tanking the biz's he over saw. But all the dem geniuses in this state votes him in over Tancredo! Lmao! Guess who supports legalization of pot? BWAHAHAHA! I really love it when "stupid" gets stung by its own arrogance.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

What it boils down to, and what this once great nation has become, is we've a bunch of no-good loser parents who expect government to raise their children. Our state's motto should be "Bring the check, and the babysitter, because we're entitled to it." F'n sad it is.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Mr. Gov. So sorry that you see this as a smear to your future political aspirations. 64 would not move the needle any further from where it already is. I guess because you peddle alcohol it and prescription drugs are much safer in your view. You still have an election to win before 2016, why don't you do what you were elected to do and GOVERN COLORADO and stop thinking about where you would like to be.

Justin Harned
Justin Harned

Good! Ha! This sounds like a positive thing to me. Less alcoholics, more stoners. They're unproductive either way, but at least stoners are harmless.

Talina Ann Smith
Talina Ann Smith

Yeah, because kids aren't smoking pot as much as they're drinking already. Get in touch!

Jamie Hillyer
Jamie Hillyer

Right next to my dispensary we have donuts, a liquor store, & a nail salon... the only one that doesnt sell "toxic" is the weed store...

Darrell Cardwell
Darrell Cardwell

I remember in high school it was easier for me to get illegal drugs than alcohol.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Hickenlooper is simply proving that alcohol kills brain cells and leads to irrational behavior. He thinks since it is illegal all the kids who want to smoke are having a harder time buying it on the black market than if it were treated like alcohol? *face palm* Yeah John, like kids have ever had a hard time getting either, legal or not.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

I insist my children do neither, a no-exception rule, and I still support legalization.

Darrell Cardwell
Darrell Cardwell

They are gonna do it regaurdless. I'd rather my kids smoke pot than drink.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

I would have thought Hickenlooper above spreading the propaganda and half-truths about marijuana. Just goes to show you he's a politician and nothing more.

Anne Freeman
Anne Freeman

Aaahahaha!' HickenDufus....I never voted for that bonehead, you get what ya pay for Colorado!

Michael Barger
Michael Barger

We should ban all underage people from doing *anything* that is harmful that adults get the pleasure of doing. Keep them indoors, protect them from hearing anything on TV, don't let them be online, and don't let them eat McDonalds!

Hunter Sondeen
Hunter Sondeen

Oh and he wouldn't want people using pot to recreate to infringe upon his nice alcohol based business , or "alcoholic drug den" hahaha

Hunter Sondeen
Hunter Sondeen

He's out of touch if he thinks that pot is harder for teens to get than alcohol at this point. If anything, the usage will go down, due to more regulation of sales

Noah Wanebo
Noah Wanebo

My question is, how is this relevant at all? Why should all Colorado adults lose the right to make responsible choices just because some parents do a crappy job raising their kids? Plus, if my high school years were any indication, legal and controlled substances like liquor were always much harder to obtain, so this law could very well have the opposite effect. Hell, I don't even smoke weed. The whole Helen Lovejoy "think of the children!" routine just really gets my goat.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Oh, so then I guess he believes in alcohol prohibition then? Oh, wait...

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

What is wrong with "underage" drinking?

Why do we even have a "drinking" age?

Don't we have parents to help their children decide about drinking?

TheSpleen
TheSpleen

Yeah, there's only one problem with that, Gov. Asshat:

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/07/marijuana-usage-down-in-t_n_1865095.html

 

"...in Colorado, it appears that teen marijuana use is in decline while national use has gone up during the same period, according to data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) report compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The drop in use by Colorado teens, a drop below the national average, coincides with the same period that the medical marijuana industry developed in the state, between 2009 and 2011.

"To put it simply, teen marijuana usage has been going down in Colorado since the passage of our comprehensive medical marijuana regulatory model," Mike Elliott, executive director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, told The Huffington Post. "This is exactly the opposite of what opponents of medical marijuana predicted. Colorado’s teen marijuana usage rate is going down because this regulatory model has taken control away from the black market and given it back to our school districts, local and state governments, and the citizens of Colorado."

 

To summarize: go fuck yourself, you victims-fund stealing, poison-pushing douchebag.

sosarasaid
sosarasaid

Don't disagree. But should be legal. RT @DenverWestword Hickenlooper compares teen pot smoking to underage drinking http://t.co/r7ZdXre1

kwame
kwame

 @TheSpleen lol @ Gov. Asshat. What a fuckbag. I heard his wife divorced him because he kept shitting in the bed while stinking drunk. 

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