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To the Editor,
On Jan. 4th, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he rescinded the Cole memorandum which directed US attorneys to not interfere with state marijuana laws.
Since Colorado residents voted overwhelmingly to legalize adult-use marijuana in 2012, we have shown the world that marijuana can be successfully regulated without endangering children or increasing crime. From no significant adverse effects to public health or safety as reported by Colorado's Chief Medical Officer, to creating upwards of 35,000 jobs and generating more than $600 million in tax revenue, I believe that our work in Colorado to tax and regulate adult-use marijuana will encourage elected officials from across the country to examine the many positive aspects of ending marijuana prohibition.
While I appreciate Senator Gardner's passionate speech rejecting the move on the Senate floor, he has yet to introduce or co-sponsor legislation that would protect Coloradans. The time for action is now. That's why I'm urging Senator Gardner to introduce legislation that will protect the sovereignty of states, and in return, ensure that marijuana businesses and consumers will be free from undue federal interference.
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To the Editor,
The Justice Department’s decision to reverse longstanding policy directives with regard to marijuana regulation in the majority of US states is both bad policy and bad politics.
Over the past years, over 150,000 jobs have been created in the legal cannabis market. Regulated statewide marijuana markets have provided an economic boost to numerous cities and states – leading to increased tax revenues, tourism, and home values. At the same time, these laws have not been associated with serious adverse public health consequences. For example, teen marijuana use and access has fallen significantly in recent years, as have opioid-related hospitalizations and mortality in legal states. In states where marijuana is legally regulated rather than criminally prohibited, data also reports drops in drug treatment admissions, alcohol consumption, and in prescription drug spending. This is why in recent years support for legalization among the public has grown to record highs, especially in marijuana regulation states.
Today, one in five Americans resides in a jurisdiction where the adult use of cannabis is legal under state statute, and the majority of citizens reside someplace where the medical use of cannabis is legally authorized.
It is time for Congressional representatives in these districts to step up and defend the rights of their constituents – many of whom rely on these policies for their health and welfare, and who have repeatedly demanded federal legislators to once and for all amend federal law in a manner that comports with cannabis’ rapidly changing legal and cultural status.
Our nation’s longstanding federalist principles demand that we respect voters’ wishes and that we permit these policies to evolve free from the heavy hand of Jeff Sesssons and the Justice Department.
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To the Editor,
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recent decision to allow US Attorneys to enforce federal marijuana prohibition is clearly out of line with America’s shifting attitudes. At a time when the majority of states now are regulating marijuana use in some form, and when nearly two-thirds of voters endorse legalizing the plant’s use by adults, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or moral perspective for Attorney General Sessions to take this step.
If the Trump administration goes through with a crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana, they will be taking billions of dollars away from regulated, state-sanctioned, taxpaying businesses and putting that money back into the hands of the black market and drug cartels.
It is time that members of Congress take action to comport federal law with majority public opinion and to end the needless criminalization of marijuana — a policy failure that encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.
Hue G. Blunt