Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a debate with his opponent, Republican candidate Bob Beauprez, in Denver on Monday Oct. 6, 2014. (Brennan Linsley, The Associated Press)

Hickenlooper: Colorado voters ‘reckless’ about legal weed

Colorado voters were “reckless” for legalizing retail marijuana, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday, during a pair of debates marked by candidates who dealt with uneasy positions and pivots. “I’m not saying it was reckless because I’ll get quoted everywhere, but if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done it, right?” he said during the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce debates. “I opposed it from the very beginning. Oh, what the hell, I’ll say it was reckless.”

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The lunchtime debates between Hickenlooper and his gubernatorial challenger Bob Beauprez, and later Sen. Mark Udall and his Senate challenger Rep. Cory Gardner, were meant to focus on economic issues.

The governor explained that he believed Coloradans lacked enough data about health effects in voting for retail pot, and suggested other states should take heed.

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