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EDITORIAL: Gov. Hickenlooper negates marijuana idiocy in Colorado

By: The Gazette editorial board
June 6, 2018 Updated: June 6, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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photo - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is pictured during a Sept. 27 interview in his office at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Photo by Andy Colwell for the Gazette
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is pictured during a Sept. 27 interview in his office at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Photo by Andy Colwell for the Gazette 

Two recent Gazette editorials implored Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto House Bill 1258. He did so Monday.

The law would have allowed on-premises consumption at pot stores. This would put more people behind the wheel while under the influence of a psychotropic drug involved in a rising number of highway deaths.

Our most recent plea for a veto said: "The bill conflicts with the intent of voters. In the same phrase prohibiting consumption 'that endangers others,' Amendment 64 - and therefore the state constitution - expressly prohibits 'consumption that is conducted openly and publicly.' Consuming in places of public accommodation means using the drug 'openly and publicly.' "

The governor concurs. His veto statement says: "Amendment 64 is clear: marijuana consumption may not be conducted 'openly' or 'publicly' on 'in a manner that endangers others' We find that HB 18-1258 directly conflicts with this constitutional requirement." Read more here.

Tuesday, the governor vetoed another pot bill that tried to add autism to conditions eligible for medical pot. Science does not support this claim, making it a sad promise for people with a serious condition.

The bills passed with support of Republicans and Democrats who sell out the welfare of children for donations from Big Marijuana.

It took the leadership of a Democratic governor, whom we endorsed in 2010, to undo this idiocy with two strokes of a pen. Thank you, governor, for putting the health, safety, and vitality of Colorado ahead of an industry that grows by feeding weak politicians.

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