Despite his earlier opposition on the issue, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper tells “60 Minutes” legal recreational pot “can work.” Hickenlooper expresses optimism in an interview with Bill Whitaker for a one-year-later report on the CBS newsmagazine Sunday, Jan. 11 (6 p.m. on Channel 4).
Hick notes he wasn’t happy about the vote at the time. “No. I opposed it…and I think even after the election, if I’d had a magic wand and I could wave the wand, I probably would’ve reversed it and had the initiative fail,” he tells Whitaker. “But now I look at it…and I think we’ve made a lot of progress…still a lot of work to be done. But I think we might actually create a system that can work.”
Read more about the “60 Minutes” interview at Ostrow Off the Record.
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This story was first published on the Ostrow Off the Record blog