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Hickenlooper still undecided on special session

Possibility first revealed last week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With the month of May halfway completed, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper still hasn't decided whether to call lawmakers to a special session.

Hickenlooper, in Colorado Springs for several events Monday, first raised the possibility last Thursday -- a day after the regular legislative session ended -- and said he would decide Monday after pondering the matter during the weekend.

However, he said Monday that he hasn't made up his mind.

"There are more people and more opinions than I could have imagined," the governor said.  "So we are still trying to reach out to stakeholders and people, and trying to assess, if (a special session) is a good use of the General Assembly's time.  Some of them think so, others think not."

Hickenlooper is considering a special session to deal with matters that weren't resolved during this year's regular session.  Those issues include transportation funding and health care. 

"Hopefully, we'll decide in a few days," he said.  "I don't want to put it off much longer."

The governor also discussed his recent meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the Trump administration's stance on legalized marijuana in Colorado.

"The attorney general was very clear," Hickenlooper said.  "He's not going to do anything to condone those trends.  But he also knows the voters here passed (marijuana).  I don't think he's going to make it his highest priority, but he repeated several times that he's not going to encourage it.  He thinks it's a bad idea."

The governor said he agrees with Sessions' stance.

"The attorney general is more concerned with opioids, heroin and methamphetamines," Hickenlooper said. "But so far, marijuana hasn't been as bad as we thought.  We haven't seen a spike in consumption.  Marijuana-related minor offenses in court are way down."

Hickenlooper said he tells other governors to wait a few more years for evidence that will make them overly concerned about legalized marijuana.

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