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Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper on pot legalization: ‘Don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly’

Nov 7, 2012

Last night Colorado and Washington historically legalized marijuana with ballot initiatives (smoke weed everyday). Carl Sagan would be proud. And while the two states now are in conflict with federal marijuana law, it’s certainly an historic effort that is surely being savored with the unique perfume and haze of marijuana smoke.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, commenting on his state’s legalization of marijuana, put Colorado’s historic effort in equal parts serious and hilarious context.

“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, in a statement. “This is 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 goldfish too quickly.”

NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, naturally offered its perspective on the historic new laws in Washington and Colorado.

“The significance of these events cannot be understated,” said NORM  in a press release. “Tonight, for the first time in history, two states have legalized and regulated the adult use and sale of cannabis.”

“This vote shows that, like alcohol prohibition before it, cannabis prohibition is a failed, unpopular policy that largely relies on state and local enforcement,” writes NORML. “Alcohol prohibition came to an end when a sufficient number of states enacted legislation repealing the state’s alcohol prohibition laws. With states no longer doing the federal government’s bidding to enforce an unpopular law, the Feds eventually had no choice but to abandon the policy altogether. History is now repeating itself.”

Touche.

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