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Polis, leader of Congressional Cannabis Caucus, condemns Attorney General’s decision on marijuana

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Boulder, January 4, 2018 | comments

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would reverse the Cole Memo, and target states - like Colorado - that have legalized marijuana.

The Cole Memo had stated that the federal government must prioritize investigating and stopping the illegal drug trade and associated crimes, rather than expending resources on highly regulated industries, such as marijuana in Colorado.

“It is absurd that Attorney General Sessions has broken Trump’s campaign promise and is now waging war on legal marijuana and states’ rights. The growing Colorado economy is in jeopardy with the news that the Attorney General will now go after states that have decided to regulate marijuana.  The Trump Administration needs to back off, and allow marijuana to be treated like alcohol under the law.  At stake is a growing industry that has created 23,000 jobs and generated $200 million in tax revenue in Colorado.  I’m calling on President Trump to overrule Attorney General Sessions and protect consumers, our economy, the will of the voters, and states’ rights,” said Polis.

Polis, along with three other members of Congress, launched the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus in 2017.  The Caucus is a forum for members of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss, learn, and work together to establish a better and more rational approach to federal cannabis policy.

Polis has been a longtime advocate for updating federal marijuana policy.  He has introduced the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act.  This bill would  remove marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug; transition marijuana oversight from the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Agency to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and regulate marijuana like alcohol by inserting it into the section of the U.S. Code that governs “intoxicating liquors.”  Last April, Polis drafted an article pleading with President Trump to leave marijuana alone.

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