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Photo: John Hickenlooper poses with Cheetos, Goldfish and marijuana center owner

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Update below: After the passage of Amendment 64, Governor John Hickenlooper issued a statement advising folks to wait before breaking out the Cheetos and Goldfish -- an unexpected remark that quickly inspired its own Twitter hash tag. Now, a photo has surfaced featuring Hickenlooper posing with these snacks along with a medical marijuana center co-owner. But the man next to the governor in the shot stresses that the image's release is no joke.

Here's a larger look at the image, captured last Thursday at a Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum fundraiser:

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Courtesy Denver Relief Consulting
Seen with Hickenlooper is Ean Seeb, co-owner of Denver Relief, one of the state's largest dispensaries, as well as a partner in Denver Relief Consulting, a relatively new firm that offers cannabis-industry-consulting services in Colorado and beyond.

You might also recognize Seeb from his appearance in 60 Minutes' recent medical marijuana primer. We've included that video below.

Yes, the photo of Hickenlooper and Seeb together with a pair of snack items beloved by those with the munchies is amusing. But a release accompanying the snapshot and reproduced in its entirety below frames the image as a symbol of the ways in which Hickenlooper, who opposed Amendment 64, and the preexisting MMJ industry can combine forces to make broader availability of cannabis in Colorado a reality.

"Denver Relief Consulting understands that people are going to have a sense of humor about legalization of marijuana," the statement notes, adding that Hickenlooper's statement "was poking fun at cannabis users." However, the release goes on, "Denver Relief Consulting is highlighting the very serious message voters in Colorado, and also in Washington, sent to public officials on Tuesday: Regulate marijuana and reverse prohibition."

"At this point, we've all had our fun, but now it's time to get down to business together," Seeb is quoted as saying in the release. "With Governor Hickenlooper's leadership, we can implement statutes and regulations that will immediately address the federal government's concerns, while respecting the will of 55 percent of Colorado voters. We made a clear choice on election night, and the governor has a unique opportunity to be on the right side of history and forge a sensible path forward."

Update, 8:14 a.m. November 13: We reached out to Governor John Hickenlooper's office to see if the folks there had a comment about the photo above or the accompanying release from Denver Relief Consulting. A short time ago, we received a one-word response via e-mail from spokesman Eric Brown: "No."

Continue to read the entire Denver Relief Consulting release, and to see the 60 Minutes report featuring Ean Seeb.



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Rob Strong Paw Ruby
Rob Strong Paw Ruby

Who the fuck eats that shit when they're stoned??!! Bring on sushi and fried ice cream..

Coreydonahueisadick
Coreydonahueisadick

Hickenlooper is a fracking supporting, anti-legalization douchebag who tries to sweep police brutality under the table while catering to business cronies. He has no business being a governor, much less a mayor. Hickenloop needs to be shown the door OUT of Colorado

coloradommjpatient
coloradommjpatient

Asking the Feds on what they want to do is NOT leadership. Telling the Feds that they need to look into legalization along with ending prosecutions like Washington IS.

 

Chickenlooper: "Hey Holder, my State passed this pot thing"

Holder: "So?"

Chickenlooper: "So how can you help me crush it so that my beer making buddies keep making money peddling drugs (alcohol) to everyone in the country?"

Holder: "Don't worry, we got this"

Chickenlooper: "Kewl. Next time you are here, I'll get you some beer."

 

Looks like Denver Relief, or Consulting, or whatever is really trying to cash in on this thing. Good luck...

mmjfreedomusa
mmjfreedomusa

YUMMY MARIJUANA seeded snacks..QUANTUM LEAP BOYS..just pay me in CHIPS! 

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

WHERE THE FUCK IS THE RECORDING OF THE GOVERNOR TALKING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABOUT OUR CONSTITUTION?  DO WE NOT CARE? OR IS IT JUST EASIER TO WRITE ABOUT A PHOTO.  WE NEED REAL JOURNLISTS!

Ben Barr
Ben Barr

Re-election in two years.

R.E.
R.E.

Here they are again, begging for more regulation. Won't they ever learn?

 

Well, I guess this "industry elitist" has done well with the government putting in new regulations to shut down his competition over the past few years. He's one of the few dispensaries still standing, so I guess it makes sense he would beg for more regulation, now that it looks like he might get more competition.

 

The only way to take the Greed out of the Weed is to achieve true legalization, when no one gets busted or fined or harassed for weed ever for any reason, as long as they don't harm others.

 

The path to true legalization just got a lot tougher now that we have these pot clowns funding the armed regulators to go after the true legalizers.

 

But that's what you voted for when you voted for A64, so Sieg Heil!

Benjamin Bradburn
Benjamin Bradburn

He's not a bad guy and he wants to be re-elected. To be fair to him, he was scared of the legal battle headed or way. Unlike many other politicians though, he can admit when he's wrong and accept the will of his constituents. Good on him.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

He's smart. He knows he's lost this one but now wants to be on the right side of history. CO will pass him up next election if he's not.

Justin Novak
Justin Novak

He's probably softening his position, he's most likely in damage control after basically insulting all the voters that passed 64. I think he's a douche personally.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @R.E. 

 

Regulation Works! ... for the Regulators.

 

Büch Dich !!

DonkeyKicker
DonkeyKicker

 @DonkeyHotay  @R.E. STFU Correy Donahue. You fled America. Take your opinions with your dumbass. That mean jack-shite in Colorado

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