Background: Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, the first of 11 states. Medical marijuana legalization has spread to 33 states. But the drug is illegal under federal law, creating barriers for the industry.
Opposes national legalization of marijuana
A: Hickenlooper opposed Colorado’s move to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in 2012, but now takes credit for its mostly smooth implementation. He opposes federal action to legalize marijuana for the nation, saying states should make their own choices. But he does support the removal of cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug. Doing so would allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health to research marijuana’s potential medical uses. He also favors eliminating past convictions for marijuana-related crimes and allowing states to decriminalize other drugs.
Supports the legalization of marijuana at the federal level
A: Romanoff says the nation’s drug policies put a disproportionate burden on African Americans and people of color, and wants to see urgent action on the issue. In 2010 he supported medical marijuana and the need for the federal government to allow states to pass their own laws.