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  • Colorado congressional members developing plan for federal marijuana protections
    Posted in In the News on January 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Friday began to hatch a plan to counter Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to eliminate Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. Legislative sources confirmed to The Cannabist that Colorado lawmakers, including Representatives Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, and Sen. Cory Gardner, held a call Friday afternoon to strategize on a push on marijuana-related measures — specifically crafting a spending bill provision to restrict the... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers fire back at AG Sessions' move to rescind Obama-era pot rules
    Posted in In the News on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado lawmakers are firing back at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced today he has rescinded the Obama-era Justice Department policy that paved the way for a hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana. "Given the Department's well-established general principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately," Sessions said in a one-page memo sent to federal prosecutors nationwide. U.S. Rep... Read more

  • “This is outrageous”: Politicians react to news that A.G. Sessions is rescinding the Cole Memo
    Posted in In the News on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    oliticians from states where marijuana sales are legal released statements and took to Twitter Thursday morning to express their dismay at a report that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind the Cole Memo. Colorado Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a statement: “Thirty states comprising more than two thirds of the American people have legalized marijuana in some form. The Cole memo got it right and was foundational in guiding states’ efforts to regulate the production and distrib... Read more

  • Sessions Move On Marijuana Stirs Swift Reaction In Colorado
    Posted in In the News on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    After news broke Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in Colorado and other states, political reaction across the state was swift and steady. At issue is the Cole Memorandum, issued in 2013 by Deputy Attorney General James Cole, that directed U.S. attorneys not to make marijuana prosecutions a priority in states where voters have approved its legalization. "It is the mission of the Department of... Read more

  • US Attorney for Colorado won't change marijuana approach; Gardner irate over Sessions' decision
    Posted in In the News on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    DENVER – Officials from Colorado reacted sternly and swiftly to the Thursday decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind an Obama-era Justice Department memo that said the federal government wouldn’t interfere with states’ legal marijuana programs, and Colorado’s U.S. attorney said his office didn’t plan to make many changes on how it handles enforcement. The 2013 memo from James Cole, who was deputy attorney general at the time, directed law enforcement officials not to interfere with... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers tear into Sessions, Justice Department decision to rescind policy on legal marijuana
    Posted in In the News on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, said on Twitter Thursday he’s “prepared to take all steps necessary” to block a reported move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversing federal policy that has has let states legalize recreational marijuana. His Democratic counterpart, Michael Bennet, said the decision will “create unnecessary chaos and confusion.” “This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation,” Gardner said in a tweet.... Read more

  • Perlmutter greets congressional website visitors with message about DACA, health care funding
    Posted in In the News on December 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter says he’ll be greeting visitors to his congressional website with a message of support for young immigrants and federal heath care programs until Congress tackles the issues with permanent fixes. “I support Dreamers, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers,” reads white text on a black pop-up graphic that has appeared on the Arvada Democrat’s site since Wednesday. Congress adjourned for the year Thursday after approving temporary funding throu... Read more

  • The Republican Tax Bill Will Devastate Science
    Posted in In the News on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    In any household, how you budget is an indication of your priorities. And as many of us know, the earlier you start investing, the more it pays off. The same is true for the federal government.’The Republican tax bill passed by Congress this week is estimated to cost our country, at best, $1.5 trillion over the next ten years, and other estimates put that closer to $2.3 trillion. Trillion—that’s a figure with twelve zeros (000,000,000,000)—which are more zeros than most of us can comprehend. I’v... Read more

  • The deportation of Andazola Morales is a Christmas heartbreaker
    Posted in In the News on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    From its earliest days, President Donald Trump’s bigoted crackdown on those in the United States illegally gave up any pretense of focusing on truly bad actors like the violent criminals and drug runners the Obama administration deported in record number. Instead, the Trump administration took pains to round up even those peaceful undocumented immigrants whose lives here served as inspiration to their communities. The latest example in Colorado came just in time to ruin Christmas for the family ... Read more

  • Colorado Democrats vote against stopgap spending bill with no long-term DACA, CHIP fixes
    Posted in In the News on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, Immigration

    DENVER – Congress voted Thursday to pass a continuing spending billthat will fund the federal government through Jan. 19 when it is signed by President Trump, but all of Colorado’s Democratic delegation voted against the measure, saying Congress should stay and extend programs for young immigrants and children’s health insurance before going home for the holidays. In the House, Reps. Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis voted against another funding extension, while Sen. Michael Bennet m... Read more

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