Coffman is Christie’s ally in saying Colorado going to pot

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Mike Coffman.

Mike Coffman.

It's one thing for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to drop into Colorado and tell us our quality of life is going down the tubes thanks to marijuana legalization.

But it's another for our own elected officials to tell us as much. You recall Rep. Mike Coffman grumped on the KOA radio earlier this year that legal pot may scare giant corporations from coming to Colorado. (Maybe that's a good thing, but that's a topic for another blog post.)

Coffman: “I worry, ‘What about that Fortune 500 corporation that wants to move to Colorado?’ And the chief executive officer has young kids, and to say, ‘Do I want my children exposed to a culture where this is acceptable for adults? And will that influence their behavior as kids?’”

Contrast Coffman's fact-free brain puff with what Christie said in April:

Christie: “For the people who are enamored with the idea … the tax revenue from this, go to Colorado and see if you want to live there."

Coffman is saying Colorado's lifestyle/culture is so diminished by pot that rich people, in particular, may not want to live here.

Coffman stands with Christie.

Yesterday, Christie didn't back down:

Christie: “I’m not backing off an inch from what I said.”

Coffman's not backing down either. Talking to Hugh Hewett Friday, Coffman slammed pot legalization:

Coffman: "You know, I think it’s a horrible decision that Colorado made."

Coffman added that he's trying to help pot businesses get bank accounts because operating in cash makes the industry "even more prone to criminality."

You don't see too many top elected officials singing the praises of pot shops. Many blandly say they're opposed, but will try to make it work. But Coffman has distinguished himself as being on the far end of the pot-hating scale, which is weird since 55 percent of voters approved legalization.

Some buzz-kill swing voters, who don't like legalized pot, might be motivating politicians like Coffman, who's facing Democrat Andrew Romanoff in one of the most competitive congressional races in the country. Romanoff is no pot cheerleader, but he's been more restrained.

No one knows where this will go, but it's a beautiful Colorado morning outside, and I think I'll go on a quick bike ride.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. CaninesCanines says:

    Geez, Mike, how come they're not listening to you in, of all places, Aurora! Isn't your city about to start issuing recreational licenses for shops this year?

  2. DenverMom says:

    Mike Coffman should take the igh road.  He should say that although he voted against the legalization,  Colorado has enacted an extensive regulatory scheme, and the Department of Revenue is doing a great job of enforcing the law and its rules and regulations.  He should be extoling the virtues of Colorado, not criticizing it.


    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      But see…if I brag on Colorado, then you might extrapolate that to mean I am bragging on the Democrats who currently run the state….and I can't do that….'cause I'm who I am.

      • BlueCatBlueCat says:

        Exactly. Also if any Rs admit how well Colorado is doing on so many scales compared to so many other states, it becomes harder to argue that we desperately need to replace the current Dem Gov and legislative majority. Though Coffman isn't running to be  a state official or state legislator he still has to go along with the rest of the tickets' message that things are really screwed up so we need more Rs to fix it.

        That said, don't know how popular corrupt New Jersey pols are in Colorado, though, even among Rs.  Maybe they should have imported someone else with less baggage and from a less screwed up state to spread the Colorado sucks message.

  3. Ralphie says:

    I have an easy solution to Coffman's problems with Colorado.

    Move to freakin' Jersey.  Problem solved.

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