Hickenlooper discusses marijuana, White House, partisan politics at Georgetown

Gov. John Hickenlooper shakes hands after delivering his final the State of the State address at the Capitol.
Gov. John Hickenlooper shakes hands after delivering his final the State of the State address at the Capitol.

WASHINGTON — Speaking Thursday to a small group of students at Georgetown University, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Democrats and Republicans should look to the soda industry as a way to improve modern political discourse.

“Coke hates Pepsi. Pepsi hates Coke — but you see don’t Coke doing attack ads against Pepsi” or vice versa, Hickenlooper said.

The reason: “They would end up depressing the entire product category of soft drinks,” said the two-term Democratic governor, who suggested that constant negativity from both major political parties was “depressing the product category of democracy.”

The light message was part of a free-wheeling conversation that touched on marijuana, gun laws and Hickenlooper’s own political ambitions.

As part of the discussion, the governor also mentioned two conversations he’s had with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about marijuana.

Hickenlooper said Sessions’ push against the marijuana industry — which…

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