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  • 18 state attorneys general back Colo. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s marijuana banking bill
    Posted in In the News on January 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    A bill introduced by Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter that would allow banks to serve marijuana-related businesses without fear of penalties from the federal government got a boost Tuesday from a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general. A letter sent to leaders in Congress Tuesday by 18 state attorneys general requests that Congress pass legislation such as the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act to “provide a safe harbor” for banks that provide financial products or services to st... Read more

  • Most of Colorado delegation not eager to discuss Trump’s mental health
    Posted in In the News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — Some members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are expressing misgivings about Donald Trump’s leadership as public concern continues this week about his mental fitness. The concern was renewed Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy when Trump slammed immigrants from Latin America and Africa. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here,” the president asked. The recent criticisms started last week with the publication... Read more

  • Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation respond to Trump’s “shithole” comments with outrage
    Posted in In the News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation reacted with outrage and condemnation following news reports that President Donald Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries” during a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about a potential immigration deal. Trump on Friday pushed back against the reports about his remarks. “(The president) must apologize for his abhorrent comments,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said on Twitter. “We are a nation of immigrants; it’s what makes us stro... Read more

  • Overdue and $1 billion over budget, Aurora VA hospital is still incomplete and will likely be understaffed, document says
    Posted in In the News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    WASHINGTON — In a matter of weeks, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is expected to announce that it has all but completed construction of a new hospital in Aurora — a major milestone for a project that drew national outrage in 2015 when the agency admitted it was $1 billion over budget. But according to a congressional document obtained by The Denver Post, the Jan. 23 target will be little more than an illusion as the team building the $1.7 billion facility expects to spend several more m... Read more

  • U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer: Pot Prosecutions Not Expected to Rise in Colorado
    Posted in In the News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    The man responsible for enforcing federal cannabis prohibition in Colorado has told the state's legislators that he doesn't expect much to change despite United States Attorney General Jeff Session's recent actions. Robert Troyer, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, told a group of Colorado state representatives that the new Sessions Memorandum would not change the way federal prosecutors in Colorado approach cannabis prosecutions in Colorado, according to a spokeswoman for Congressw... Read more

  • Doug Lamborn only House member from Colorado not supporting marijuana protection proposal
    Posted in In the News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    DENVER – Six of Colorado’s seven members of Congress signed on Friday to a bipartisan letter sent to House leadership and the appropriations committee requesting that any new appropriations or funding bills not include language that would allow federal law enforcement relating to marijuana in most U.S. states. The letter was signed by a bipartisan panel of nearly 70 members of Congress—many from states where marijuana is legal. It was sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi... Read more

  • Colorado Politicians Continue to Defend Pot From Jeff Sessions
    Posted in In the News on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr

    After news broke January 4 that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions planned to rescind the Cole Memorandum and nine years' worth of other federal cannabis protections, most of Colorado's legislators publicly came out against the decision that same day. Now they're starting to turn those words into actions — or more words, at least. A bipartisan group of Colorado state representatives sent Sessions a letter on Tuesday, January 9, asking him to reverse his revocation of the Cole memo, a 2013 polic... Read more

  • U.S. Justice Department blindsided banking agency on pot policy flip -sources
    Posted in In the News on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said. The announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime critic of legalizing marijuana, caused confusion among banks about how to do business with marijuana growers, processors and distributors without running afoul of federa... Read more

  • Delegation responds to Sessions, discuss federal marijuana protections
    Posted in In the News on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Colorado’s congressional delegation convened an emergency meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to shore up protections for state-legal marijuana operations and, in turn, states’ rights. In the meeting, members advanced plans for federal marijuana protections and honed near- and long-term strategies to counter U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ rescission of the 2013 Cole Memo. “(Sessions’ action) really takes direct aim at states like Colorado that have taken state action and are working respo... Read more

  • Part of Colorado's Congressional delegation urges Sessions to reverse pot decision
    Posted in In the News on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    As Republican Senator Cory Gardner holds up Department of Justice nominations in the wake of a federal policy shift on marijuana, other members of Congress from Colorado are taking a stand of their own. Four Representatives - Democrats Jared Polis, Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter, and Republican Mike Coffman - sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session about his decision to rescind the Cole memo, which essentially allowed pot businesses to operate without prosecution. The letter says, i... Read more

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