Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Following on Doug's post about the recent Ohio poll, Denver is one of the finalists for the 2016 Republican National Convention. One of the politicians leading the bid thinks Colorado's legalization law may help attract the gathering, since leaders from other states may want to learn more about how the policy is playing out.
"There's an easy political case to be made," former Rep. Bob Beauprez, a Republican and the chair of the bid committee, said.
Beauprez argued that even the state's recent legalization of recreational marijuana could be a plus because it shows how Colorado is on the political cutting edge. "Other governors and mayors will want to come here and see how it's working out," he said, noting that ballot measures to legalize the drug are anticipated in several other states.
Whether or not the RNC comes to Denver in 2016, Colorado's swing state status will make the presidential politics of marijuana legalization especially interesting to watch. If Denver does manage to get the convention, it will only add to the dyamic.