Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation’s First Statewide Cannabis Caucus

With Colorado lawmakers well into their fifth legislative session since the retail sale of adult-use marijuana was enacted, the need to coordinate the various policy discussions around the issue has never been greater. Since Colorado voters approved the law change in 2012, there have been ongoing debates surrounding various aspects of the law and its impact — such as how best to address the question of social consumption, product testing, and the use of medical cannabis on public campuses. To best address these issues, state lawmakers have formed the first-ever statewide Cannabis Caucus.

“With the end of marijuana prohibition and the implementation of a robust tax and regulate program in Colorado, you have to consider the various areas of public policy that have been impacted. From business, and law enforcement, to education and health care, Colorado’s newly formed Cannabis Caucus will be a way to facilitate discussions among lawmakers regarding how to best to address these important matters,” said NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji.

NORML’s national office has been exploring the idea of state-level cannabis caucuses since the Congressional Cannabis Caucus was established in early 2017. Since then, NORML’s Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji has floated the idea to several Colorado lawmakers, but it wasn’t until he met with State Representative Dan Pabon’s office that things started to take shape. While Representative Pabon’s staff facilitated internal conversations with lawmakers about the possibility of establishing new caucus, NORML’s Kevin Mahmalji focused his time on recruiting new members and providing educational material.

“This kind of caucus is something we at the national level have been looking at for quite some time,” says NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji, who’s based in Denver. “Since the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, it just made sense to have something similar at the state level.”

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    1. It is not a party issue. Democrats would have retained power if they would of moved forward on the issue instead waiting for the results in 2016.

  1. I’m a patient. I use cannabis on a daily basis. I truly hope they know what their doing. I feel it needs alot of trial and error before they get it right. #Imarepublican

    1. There are a lot of Republicans who smoke pot.

      And they always vote Republican. And the GOP always opposes marijuana legalization.

      Republicans don’t advocate for marijuana legalization; rather, they use their support for marijuana legalization to advocate for the cult of Republicanism, just as the anonymous #imarepublican did above.

      That’s why they don’t care when Republicans in office won’t legalize it — Republicans in office was their goal, all along! Their support for legalization, may be real, but it is counterproductive, as it only serves marketing purposes.

  2. A caucus to reform prohibition, rather than eliminate it, ushering in Prohibition 2.0. How duplicitous (albeit right in line with NORML’s mission, as their name suggests.)

    1. It’s called “harm reduction”, which actually makes a difference. Insisting on the tomato model of legalization, or nothing, is self-defeating.

      When the rest of America is ready for the full repeal of marijuana prohibition, we will be ready, too!

      1. We marijuana consumers would all be thrilled with the tomato model of legalization. But we live in a society (remember?) and we had to accept some reasonable concessions in terms of REGULATION.

        And, that goes for all you NRA-types, too!

        We have REGULATIONS on marijuana, right here in the “land of the free.” We weren’t crazy about most of them, but we accepted them.

        NO FUCKING WAY YOUR AR-15’s are safer than marijuana, and NO FUCKING WAY are you excused from the same responsibilities that all of us who wish to live in a civilized American society must accept.


    2. What an ambiguous criticism… typical “perfect bring the enemy of the good.” You make it sound like we’re trying to create Big Pharma quasi prohibition under schedule 2, like that Rat-fu€king Roger Stone.
      A fairly taxed well regulated legal marijuana market is called rules and regulations, Lynn, not more prohibition.

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