WASHINGTON (KKTV) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a marijuana enforcement memo last week rescinding the Obama administration’s guidance, which enabled states to legalize marijuana without federal intervention. Colorado lawmakers are still reacting to the announcement eight days later. Sessions’ one-page memo makes it clear that marijuana possession and distribution is against federal law, and it will direct U.S. attorneys to approach these cases as they do all other cases when enforcing them.
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn R-Colorado released the following statement regarding Attorney General Sessions’ issuance of the memo:
“The federal government has the right and responsibility to uphold federal laws. I am encouraged by Attorney General Sessions’ revision of the Cole Memo. The Cole Memo was an effort by the Obama Administration to create laws by executive action through the Department of Justice, as it did with immigration, rather than to enforce laws duly passed by the legislative branch.
The social costs of legalizing marijuana in Colorado have been steep, and the negative effects on children are particularly concerning. Since legalization, the number of calls to emergency poison control for children eight years and younger has tripled, thanks to the potency, attractiveness and availability of edibles. Youth arrests, particularly among minorities, have sharply increased. Homelessness is a rapidly growing concern. Rather than lessening criminal activity associated with marijuana, cartels have rushed into Colorado, resulting in 19 cartel operation busts in the last 18 months.
If we’re honest with ourselves, legalizing marijuana has been bad for the state of Colorado. I applaud Attorney General Sessions for upholding the law and recognizing the serious and proven harms associated with marijuana.”
Last Friday, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet D-Colorado released a statement requesting Sessions rescind the Jan. 4 guidance regarding marijuana enforcement:
“The Justice Department’s decision to rescind the Cole