According to the Bluegrass State’s Gov. Matt Bevin, legalization of marijuana business in Colorado is a “sucker’s bet”. He opines that it has had negative results in Colorado and is not good for Kentucky. Bevin was a guest on a talk show on Tuesday in Louisvelle, where he made clear that no recreational marijuana legalization would happen under his workings.
“We are not, while I’m governor, going to be legalizing the use of marijuana in this state for recreational purposes or for revenue-generating purposes,” Bevin said. He addressed the controversial topic of cannabis legalization after Meiners noted that casino gambling and legalizing marijuana were popular as potential solutions to Kentucky’s “pension crises”. Bevin derided at those ideas, chuckling at the idea that “a lot of toked-up people gambling” would be a boon for Kentucky. He even added that there is “no political appetite” for casino gambling and the situation was far better in Colorado.
A Variety of Issues Raised Since Marijuana Business in Colorado in 2014
Bevin’s commented about Colorado accelerating a variety of issues since the sale of marijuana began in 2014. It includes over-consumption concerns related to cannabis-infused edibles; Oklahoma and Nebraska’s unsuccessful legal bid against marijuana laws in Colorado; ongoing doubts about safety effects and public health; and most important, the effects to wrangle and curtail gray and black market operations. Although, effects of cannabis are large yet regarding Bevin’s remark about overdosing, there are no reported cases of overdose, according to federal and international agencies. However, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and state officials are not taking any position as opposition or advocacy to legalizing it, but rather of “good government”, Mark Bolton, senior legal counsel and adviser of marihuana for the governor’s office reported.
Bolton stated that Colorado officials’ mission since the passage of recreational of marijuana Amendment 64 in the year 2012 has been to build a regulatory enforcement system and implement the will of the voters. This was under the public health and safety issues, he further added.
Bolton’s Comment on John Hickenlooper
Hickenlooper’s views after that time, typically involve that Colorado officials put a lot of work into the regulations against effects of cannabis and continue to address as they evolve. More data is needed to get a clearer understanding of the potential effects said Bolton. In addition, he said “I think the governor always communicates with others…by saying, give it a few more years to see what the real outcomes are.”
Bevin assured Meiners that legislators have a “good, good bill” in the upcoming special session to help address the pension problems.
Lawmakers, in the response to this have suggested that marijuana and casino gambling could be helpful to create some additional revenue streams for the state.
Until Colorado government takes some serious steps for marijuana business in Colorado, people can only hope for the best.