Governor John Hickenlooper gave this election a real sound bite when he warned that the passage of Amendment 64 doesn't change the fact that "federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don't break out the Cheetos or [Goldfish] too quickly."
With Colorado going to pot, it's high time to choose an official snack for this state. After all, Colorado has already embraced everything from an official dance (square) to an official fossil to not one, but two state songs. With Cheetos and Goldfish, Hickenlooper has offered up some appetizing snack options, but as a former bar owner, he shouldn't forget pretzels.
Here's the official lineup of Colorado's symbols and emblems:
State Motto: Nil Sine Numine - Nothing Without the Deity State Nickname: Centennial State State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep State Bird: Lark Bunting State Fish: Greenback Cutthroat Trout State Flower: White and Lavender Columbine State Folk Dance: Square Dance State Fossil: Stegosaurus State Gemstone: Aquamarine State Grass: Blue Grama Grass State Insect: Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly State Songs: "Where the Columbines Grow," "Rocky Mountain High" State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce State Mineral: Rhodochrosite State Rock: Yule Marble State Reptile: Western Painted Turtle
What snack do you think deserves a spot on this list as the State Munchie? Post your nomination in the comments section below.
And for the record, here's the statement Hickenlooper issued last night on the passage of Amendment 64:
The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.
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Note: The official trade name for those fishy crackers is Goldfish. We don't believe the governor is suggesting that Coloradans start swallowing actual live goldfish, even if 64's opponents, Hickenlooper included, are finding this election result hard to swallow. But in adversity there is opportunity: Why not convince snack-food companies to relocate to Colorado? The state's eco-devo outfit can start by wooing Pepperidge Farm.
How did Colorado become the cannabis capitol of the country? Read our November 1 cover story, "The history of cannabis in Colorado...or how the state went to pot."