COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Governor Hickenlooper is softening his stance on the legalization of marijuana. The governor who once opposed amendment 64, shared a different view on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.
Coloradans voted to legalize marijuana in January 2014.
"At first I opposed it and most elected officials did," Hickenlooper said.
Three years later, the governor says he's warming up to the idea.
"I'm getting close. I don't think I'm quite there yet, but we have made a lot of progress. We didn't see a spike in teenage use, if anything, it's come down in the last year," he said.
For local medicinal shops like the Healing Canna;
"It's really nice to see the support from our elected officials," said Ferris Olvera, the manager.
Olvera's shop opened in 2009 and over the years he said he's noticed a difference.
"I definitely think the perception has changed. Before it was still sort of frowned upon and now it's becoming more socially acceptable," Olvera said.
We asked locals what they've noticed since legalization.
"I think it's a step in the right direction to control it and tax it," said Jeremy Cousin.
Some say the industry is not regulated enough.
"This type of regulation they're learning as they go along so they're not quite there with proper regulation," said Chris Guntner.
Just days ago, the Trump administration said the department of justice was going to step up enforcement of marijuana laws.
Governor Hickenloper was asked, 'Could the feds shut down the industry?'
"Senator Sessions said the enforcement of marijuana is not going to be a primary issue or worth rising to the top and becoming a priority," Hickenlooper said.
Hickenlooper also noted marijuana is part of the state's constitution and doesn't think the government could take such action.