Former Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez at a debate hosted by The Denver Post. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Why Bob Beauprez thinks Colorado should repeal legal marijuana sales

“Should we repeal the law allowing legal sales of recreational marijuana?”

The question was simple enough. It was posed to both Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his Republican challenger Bob Beauprez at a recent Colorado State University debate moderated by KUSA-TV on Oct. 9.

“Yes, I think we’re at that point,” Beauprez said, “where the consequences that we’ve already discovered from this may be far greater than the liberty, I guess, that the citizens thought they were embracing.”

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Meanwhile, Hickenlooper said that talk of repealing the law is premature.

“There’s no question that the state took some significant risks, and I’ve heard the same for the last year and a half — I’ve been listening to neuroscientists talk about teenage brains, when they’re growing rapidly, and this high-THC marijuana has the probability that it might reduce their long-term memory permanently.

“I’m not going to go as far as to say that we should lead an effort to make it illegal. I think that would be premature.”