Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on “60 Minutes” (Provided by CBS News)

Gov. Hickenlooper optimistic about legal weed on ’60 Minutes’

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