John Hickenlooper: I wouldn't smoke pot if I was alone in a forest

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Although Governor John Hickenlooper opposed Amendment 64, he signed the marijuana measure into law after Colorado voters approved it in 2012. But that doesn't mean he's reached a happy place regarding the law. Far from it: In a column by the New York Times' Maureen Dowd, Hick talks negatively about his personal experiences with pot, bemoans the jokes made about him because of A64 and implies that if he'd had aspirations for national office, Colorado's reputation as a weed mecca would have squashed them.

After Amendment 64 passed, Hickenlooper issued a statement that exhibited a sense of humor, noting that "federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly." The remark quickly became the stuff of memes like this one:

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Hickenlooper also was enough of a good sport that he posed with the aforementioned snack items alongside marijuana-industry heavyweight Ean Seeb:

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But in "Dealing with Pot," Dowd's second column in a week about Colorado cannabis (the first was a dopey piece about a pot-themed nudist B&B), Hickenlooper seems singularly unamused by the subject. At the mention of a Jimmy Fallon joke after he signed the amendment ("Stoners took a moment to thank Governor Hickenlooper, then they spent a few hours just saying the word 'Hickenlooper'"), he winces. "No matter how big a failure the war on drugs was, you don't want to be the butt of late-night jokes," he says.

Dowd subsequently asks Hickenlooper if his unwanted linkage to marijuana will have an impact on his ability to seek higher office, as it were. His reply: "Luckily, I don't have serious national aspirations, so that doesn't really become much of an issue."

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John Hickenlooper at his inauguration as governor.
If he changes his mind, he'll have plenty of evidence that even the smooth launch of recreational marijuana sales beginning on January 1 didn't change his mind about the evils of weed. He's said to be "bracing himself" for the first workplace or traffic accident traced to pot use, talks up a campaign he's working on to keep teenagers from indulging, and denigrates the idea that the state should be dependent on tax revenue from a product that doesn't make the lives of people better

Hick adds that he smoked pot for a time when he was in his twenties "to feel more comfortable in social settings," but he's abstained for decades since then.

Why? "It makes you slow down and clumsy," he tells Dowd. "I wouldn't do it even if I was completely by myself in the forest or whatever."

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Politics archive circa September 2012: "John Hickenlooper opposing marijuana Amendment 64, both sides react."

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131 comments
Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

They took my comment down in less than 5 minutes the 1st time so i must have hit a nerve...

Kevin Wright
Kevin Wright

If Hickenlooper had cancer and MMJ would bring him relief do you think he would resist. I here all these well educated people that are stuck in time making complete idiots of themselves. I would guarantee you Hickenlooper would use MMJ if his life depended on it. Why are Drs sending kids to Colorado for treatments. Families are moving into our state to save the lifes of there loved ones. Dr s have come back and apologized for there negative input and have declared mmj a healing plant. I feel sorry for the Over educated derelicts of America

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

The System is working. He did his job and signed off on both Amendment 20 - medical mj and 64- Rec mj. He does hold an interest in Stranahans Whiskey and he had interest in the restaurant industry.... He is the ultimate geek having been a geologist..

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

The Gov, who I love, doth protest too much. He has his future and his 11 y o son (but since it's paying off our debt I have to support it)

Chris Vann
Chris Vann

That's actually a great toke spot John. Try down by the river in a van too...

Cooper Watts
Cooper Watts

Cause it's ok for him to pour glasses of poison to the masses at his local businesses.

Cooper Watts
Cooper Watts

Well Gov, that makes us even. I wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire.

Eddie Lechuga
Eddie Lechuga

I think him saying this as a P S A makes him sound way cooler;you know like"hey i wouldnt smoke pot alone in a forest,take a friend and explore our lovely COLORADO FOREST"

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Yup, he might not smoke but he'd down a six pack in a heartbeat because, hey, beeyuh! Hick, we don't care about your stance on green, you're elected to perform the wishes of the voters. Shut up and do your job.

CJW81
CJW81

Hick is there anything else you wanted to say to make sure you didn't get re-elected?

Lydia Cabrera
Lydia Cabrera

John is kinda stupid about what he stands for. But he will drink the shit out of alcohol...hmmm I see it as a character flaw.

Arthur Martinez
Arthur Martinez

he wont smoke pot,but he will steal from poor people,and leave the homeless in the cold,what a great govener .he sure likes the tax money there getting from legalized pot.knowing him hes probably pocketing some of it so he can get another bar and restaurant,

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

Who the hell cares about your lame pot smoking? Get lost gov....

RL Walking Encyclopedia
RL Walking Encyclopedia

Okay? Isn't the whole point of having elected -representatives- the fact that their personal opinions don't matter in the slightest? Great, the system seems to be working.

Mnizzle
Mnizzle

Hick-o-crite peddles alcohol to make his fortune.

Vote him out.

cowxguy
cowxguy

Perhaps it's time to vote Libertarian in the next gubernatorial race. He's just mad it's cut into his alcohol business. Get over yourself Lickenpooper!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Stupid Stoner Mom Found GUILTY in Death of her own Children!


GRAND JUNCTION — A 12-person jury found Heather Jensen guilty of child abuse that led to the hyperthermia deaths of her two young sons in 2012, but the same jury found her not guilty of criminally negligent homicide.


The split verdict came after a day and a half of deliberations following an emotional four days of testimony about the events surrounding the deaths of William Jensen, 2, and Tyler Jensen, 4. 


The boys died of overheating while strapped and locked in their mother's SUV on a cold evening in late November.


Jensen had left her sons in her vehicle with the heater on while she had sex and smoked marijuana with a man in a nearby vehicle.


The guilty verdict on the two felony counts of child abuse resulting in death means that Jensen could face from four to 32 years in prison for each count, depending on if the judge determines there were aggravating circumstances.


Jensen's defense had tried to show that the incident was a tragic accident but not a crime. The single witness they called in her defense, a psychologist who had interviewed Jensen once while she was in jail last summer, testified that she has below-average intelligence and psychological problems, including poor impulse control.

                                                *** SSMAASSMD! ***

Ian.Wms
Ian.Wms

"Alcohol lowers your intelligence, affects your memory, disables your inhibitions, destroys your liver, causes violence and sexual abuse, car crashes and vomiting, plus it's lethal. I wouldn't drink it with a horny chick in a snobby pub on Wynkoop or whatever." - Guvnah Dabbindorkah


Mick Paul
Mick Paul

So what Westword? He still accepted the will of the people, and signed it into law. I really could careless what his personal opinions on the matter are. He is a smart man, and knew what this meant for our state financially. Sheeesh Westword, this last year you seem like you are turning into the FOXnews of the alternative news world. That is not a compliment.

Patrick Esser
Patrick Esser

But he will sell you alcohol which is way worse!

Steven W Giles
Steven W Giles

if he was alone in a forest, how would we know he didnt smoke marijuana?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

So, if a stoner tokes up in the forest and there's no one there to see, does he still get the munchies? Did it even really happen? Have another beer, Mr. Governor.

William Olson
William Olson

Nope. Super likes to snort coke off the bar. Weed is for pussies

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Well, at least give him credit for being environmentally responsible. Just imagine his panic after the first toke and inadvertently starting the next massive wildfire after dropping the joint. LuLz

Jeffrey Grubesic
Jeffrey Grubesic

Hickenlooper is just mad because he's a booze peddler. Pot is better than alcohol ten times out of ten!

Bradley Wilkerson
Bradley Wilkerson

That's what you get when someone with interests in the alcohol industry is governor.

Greg Hall
Greg Hall

he has drank the kool-aid and become what every other politician becomes. a liar whose only interest is being re-elected into a higher and higher political position. he is an ASS.

Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell
Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell

He just got served a Notice of Claim of lawsuit for racketeering and multiple counts of fraud that are indeed obstructing commerce. I'll talk shit about a racketeering governor until the 10th of Never comes.

Curt Phiel
Curt Phiel

Yeah, but he'll Gladly take the tax revenues...

Jeff Hansen
Jeff Hansen

Wouldn't want to cut into his beer profits.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CJW81  ... you really think a Repuglycan will have a kinder, gentler public policy towards recreational drugs?



michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for tallying up the score, Jeffrey -- and for posting.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... except the LYING LIARS who wrote that wretched turd A64 explicitly included RESTRICTIONS, PROHIBITIONS, REGULATIONS and MASSIVE TAXES that were NOTHING LIKE alcohol.


And ignorant little fucktard stoners who were too stupid to read, much less comprehend what it proposed, voted for it!


With the help of LYING Propaganda mills like Wasteword.



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident  

Except not! You've obviously missed my reply in the other thread.

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