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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions questions how Colorado regulates marijuana

Sessions comes down hard on CO...

DENVER, Colo. - In a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has expressed concern with the marijuana regulations in Colorado.

Sessions says in the letter that was sent to Hickenlooper on July 24:

"Congress has determined that that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a crime."

The letter goes on to say that while Hickenlooper thinks the 2013 Cole Memorandum is a good framework for how they regulate marijuana in Colorado, Sessions believes it isn't enough. 

"nothing herein [in the Cole Memorandum] precludes investigation or prosecution...in particular circumstances where investigation and prosecution otherwise serves an important federal interest."

Sessions came to this conclusion by looking at a 2016 report developed by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. 

To see the "The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact" report, click here

Sessions takes the finding from the report and then directs attention to the policy debate on the legalization of marijuana.

On Friday, August 4, Gov. Hickenlooper released the following statement:

"We welcome the opportunity to work with the Attorney General and arrive at the most effective approach to the states and the federal government working together to protect public health, public safety, and other law enforcement interests. We take the concerns shared in the letter seriously and will provide a comprehensive response."

As of now, Colorado's laws and regulations on marijuana will remain the same, but in the letter, Sessions alludes to a revisit of the subject on a later date. 

To read the full letter, click here


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