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  • 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

  • Bipartisan congressional delegation from Colorado demands Sessions reinstate Cole Memo
    Posted in In the News on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    DENVER – A bipartisan group of members of Congress from Colorado sent a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding the Justice Department reinstate the Cole Memo and allow Colorado to continue to operate its legal marijuana program without interference. The letter was signed by Reps. Jared Polis (D), Mike Coffman (R), Diana DeGette (D) and Ed Perlmutter (D). “We strongly urge the Department to reinstate the Cole Memo in order to ensure the Department is acting to uphold the will ... Read more

  • Colorado Congress members send letter to Sessions, urging reinstatement of Cole Memo
    Posted in In the News on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Colorado congressional legislators fired off a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that he reconsider last week’s rescission of the Cole Memo and related marijuana guidance. Democratic representatives Jared Polis, Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter, and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman signed the letter to Sessions. In it, they “strongly urge” the Department of Justice to reinstate the Cole Memo in order to ensure the Justice Department “is acting to uphold the will of Colorad... Read more

  • Colorado's congressional delegation seeks to block Sessions on pot
    Posted in In the News on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON - Members of Colorado's congressional delegation plan to meet this week to discuss the possibility of legislation to protect the state's marijuana laws and businesses. A spokesperson for Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, acknowledged the planned meeting to Colorado Politics but provided no additional details. "Rep. DeGette has been involved in bipartisan talks during the last several days with other members of the Colorado delegation," said spokesperson Lynne Weil. "She believes legislati... Read more

  • Colorado delegation plans to meet on bill to protect marijuana business
    Posted in In the News on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation plan to meet Tuesday to discuss the possibility of legislation to protect the state’s marijuana laws and businesses. A spokesperson for Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, acknowledged the planned meeting to Colorado Politics but provided no additional details. “Rep. DeGette has been involved in bipartisan talks during the last several days with other members of the Colorado delegation,” said spokesperson Lynne Weil. “She believes legislation... Read more

  • Can marijuana survive the disapproving glare of Jeff Sessions?
    Posted in In the News on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    If you live in a place where recreational pot use is legal, you’re probably wondering whether you need to start worrying about getting prosecuted for it. The answer is probably not, at least according to initial indications from the dozen or so U.S. attorneys general who get to make that call. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under heavy criticism — even from within his own Republican Party — for announcing last week that federal prosecutors can decide for themselves whether to press pot cases ... Read more

  • Sessions Might Be The Grease The House Cannabis Caucus Needs To Move Bills
    Posted in In the News on January 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Thursday decision to rescind Obama-era protections for legal marijuana states came as a shock to many lawmakers. But what at first felt like a major setback instead turned into a rallying cry for members of the House Cannabis Caucus. “We have bills, I’ve authored one — the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act — there’s others that would simply reschedule,” said Colorado Democrat Rep. Jared Polis, a member of the group. “We’ve never had a vote on them.” Recreational... Read more

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