In other Amendment 64 news, the state’s governor, John Hickenlooper, came out against the marijuana legalization measure, saying in a statement, “Colorado is known for many great things –- marijuana should not be one of them. Amendment 64 has the potential to increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are OK.”
Gov. Hickenlooper made his estimated $5-$10 million fortune as founder of the Wynkoop Brewing Company. American history’s only commercial brewer to become governor recently criticized American history’s only president to brew beer in the White House for using honey in his beer recipe. Hickenlooper was formerly mayor of Denver, which is home to Colorado’s Major League Baseball team, the Rockies and their stadium, Coors Field.
Perhaps Gov. Hickenlooper should consider what messages his brewery empire and sports endorsements of beer are sending to the kids. According to the 2008-9 National Survey on Drug Use & Health State Estimates, 20% Colorado children between the ages of 12 and 17 drank alcohol monthly, compared to 14.6% of that age group nationwide. Colorado trailed only Montana (21.4%) in that statistic. That’s up from 19% in 2007-8 and about where it was in 2002-3 (20.6%)
Apparently Colorado is known for many great things — and one out of five kids drinking alcohol this month is one of them.