WASHINGTON — Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke to Rolling Stone for a piece the magazine posted Monday as part of a four-day, cross-country tour and the two-term Democrat used the conversation to defend Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana while addressing other issues such as immigration and the fate of The Denver Post.
The Rolling Stone interview also touched on the possibility of a 2020 run for the White House but — as he’s done previously – Hickenlooper shot down the idea of a third-way ticket with Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.
“I don’t think we would ever run together just because, as he says, ‘Hickenlooper would never be my VP and I would never be his VP.’ That’s always a problem,” Hickenlooper said in a Q&A published by the magazine.
On marijuana, Hickenlooper acknowledged some of his initial skepticism but said the worst of his fears haven’t come to pass. “Certainly the worst things that we had great fear about – spikes in consumption, kids, people driving while high – we haven’t seen any of that,” he said.
(For more on this topic, The Denver Post last year examined traffic fatalities and marijuana).
Regarding the future of The Post – which has received national attention in the last few days – Hickenlooper said the paper should be sold but that he was wary about his administration intervening.
“I think you have to be careful. I think many people would say the last thing we want is government, you know, controlling the media. I don’t disagree with that,” he said. “The media is the Fourth Estate. It’s the balance to the other branches of public power.”
And Hickenlooper also urged policymakers to find a solution for young immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children.
“Let’s get people out of living in the shadows and let them get jobs and travel and visit their grandparents in Honduras or wherever. Right?” he said. “Let them have lives.”