In case you missed it, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana usage this past Tuesday on Election Day, two examples among many progressive reforms that were approved by voters across the country. However, while many were celebrating in the streets, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ’74 warned Coloradans from indulging in their new rights too quickly. As Fox News reported the governor saying:
“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” Hickenlooper said in a statement Tuesday night. “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.”
In return, some supporters responded to the governor’s warning by sending him packs of the above-mentioned munchies snacks.
While Hickenlooper wasn’t down with legalizing MJ to begin with, the state’s Attorney General has said they will nevertheless move forward with implementing the law. Now one just has to hope that the Feds won’t come in to find those who take advantage of the new law. However, it could be that Colorado and Washington’s policy changes reflect a change in national trends regarding peoples’ attitudes towards drugs and a blow to the War on Drugs. This, in turn, could potentially result in a national-level change in the federal stance on recreational marijuana usage.