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Report: Hickenlooper Vetoed Marijuana Bill Right After Capitol Sent Mother Advocates Home

A new report suggests the Colorado governor delayed a decision on whether to sign a marijuana bill benefiting autistic children, and then vetoed it right after Capitol staff sent mothers of autistic children home.

By NTK Staff | 06.13.2018 @2:00pm
Report: Hickenlooper Vetoed Marijuana Bill Right After Capitol Sent Mother Advocates Home

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) vetoed a marijuana bill that would have benefited autistic children at 5:01pm local time last week, minutes after Capitol staff sent mother advocates and their autistic children home for the day.

That’s part of a new report from the Colorado Springs Independent on the advocacy of mothers of autistic children, who told the Independent they’re ‘devastated’ over Hickenlooper’s veto.

When asked about the veto, the mothers interviewed by the Indy had a lot to say, but the first seven words out of their mouths were all the same: “It was a slap in the face.”

“We were devastated,” Wilson says. “My family cried on the way home.”

“He didn’t even have the balls enough to do it in front of us,” says Jamie Kropp, who also visited the Capitol with her autistic son Kolt. “Why did you even give us that glimpse of hope, man?”

Perhaps more insulting to the mothers and their autistic children, though, is that the Capitol sent them home from a day of advocacy minutes before Hickenlooper may a (delayed) decision to veto the bipartisan bill.

Hickenlooper told Walker, Brooks, Wilson and the other mothers and their autistic children he met with they would have his decision by 3 p.m., but when 5 p.m. rolled around and Capitol staff asked them to leave, they still didn’t have it.

Hickenlooper vetoed the bill at 5:01 p.m.

Hardly a profile in courage from the Colorado governor.

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