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Holds office U.S. Senate

Position on Marijuana Legalization

"We know that African American men have been disproportionately imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana crimes. That’s one of the many reasons why I believe we must decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, with the flexibility for states to determine whether or not to legalize it. We should not be putting people in jail for nonviolent marijuana crimes, and we must give other states the opportunity that Colorado had to create their own regulatory structure that works for their communities." Link


"We haven't seen the big spike that I was worried about seeing of teenagers at greater frequency smoking. But now, I'm not sure I'd reverse the vote." (5/24/16) https://www.thecannabist.co/2016/05/24/john-hickenlooper-marijuana-katie-couric/54774/

He adds: "I think we've made real progress. And there might be a way to have a better system come out of this. … I am not as negative as I was. I am cautiously optimistic, like we might actually do this. This is going to be one of the biggest experiments of the 21st century." (5/24/16) http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/05/24/john-hickenlooper-marijuana-katie-couric/54774/

During a 2016 appearance on 60 Minutes, Governor Hickenlooper has reconsidered his initial stance with regard to legalizing marijuana. He had initially said that if he could "wave a magic wand" to reverse voters decision to regulate marijuana in 2012, he would, stating, "Colorado is known for many great things. Marijuana should not be one of them." (5/16/16) http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hickenlooper-marijuana-20160516-20160516-snap-story.html

He later pivoted his position: "If I had that magic wand now, I don't know if I would wave it," he said. "It's beginning to look like it might work." (5/16/16) http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hickenlooper-marijuana-20160516-20160516-snap-story.html

Contact John Hickenlooper

Email: casework@hickenlooper.senate.gov

Web: https://www.hickenlooper.senate.gov/

Phone: 202-224-5941


Russell Senate Office Building 2 Constitution Avenue Northeast, Suite SR-374

Washington, DC 20510

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