Sessions makes marijuana industry leaders uneasy

Sessions makes marijuana industry leaders uneasy

PUEBLO, Colo. - The new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, isn't shy about sharing his view on marijuana and it has some questioning the future of the cannabis industry in Colorado.

"We need grownups in charge in Washington to say that marijuana is not the kind of thing that should be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it's in fact a very real danger," Sessions said last April.
Pueblo County has benefited economically from the legalization and sale of marijuana and could lose millions of dollars in tax revenue if the Trump administration decides to enforce the federal law prohibiting marijuana.

Jim Parco owns Mesa Organics in Pueblo County and believes industry professionals don't have anything to worry about at this point because the administration  is working on bigger issues.

But Parco says there is a risk with any business.
"Every industry is different, every business is different. One of the risks being in this industry, despite it being fully legalized in Colorado, there is still a federal conflict and until that's resolved, that risk remains," Parco said.

Another area that could be impacted is education in Pueblo County. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are promised to Pueblo students from marijuana excise taxes that could disappear.

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