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HELPING REDUCE THE PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT IN OUR COMMUNITIES
This week, I introduced bipartisan legislation to allow marijuana-related businesses in states with existing regulatory structures to access the banking system. The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act) helps align federal and state laws - specifically as it relates to the banking crisis confronting marijuana-related businesses. The legislation will ensure all small businesses and their employees are treated fairly.

Most importantly, the SAFE Banking Act reduces the public safety threat that arises when small businesses are forced to operate on a cash-only basis. Allowing tightly regulated marijuana businesses the ability to access the banking system will help reduce the threat of crime, robbery and assault in our communities and keep the cash out of cartels.

With eight states and Washington, D.C. now allowing adult-use recreational marijuana and 29 states legalizing medical marijuana, we have reached a tipping point on this issue and it’s time for Congress to act.

VISITING LOCAL SCHOOLS
I enjoyed visiting with students at several local school in the district last week including 5th graders at Mesa Elementary, the Thornton High School Health Center, and Adams County Head Start.

I held a mock legislative session with the students at Mesa Elementary and they asked me several questions about my job as a member of Congress.

At Thornton High School, I learned about school-based health centers and how they can help keep students in school. A new health center will be opening at the school in the fall. 

PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS AND NATIONAL TREASURES
President Trump signed an executive order this week asking the Interior Department to review national monument designations dating back to 1996 that are more than 100,000 acres. Colorado is home to eight national monuments encompassing more than 440,000 acres including the Canyons of the Ancients, which comes under scrutiny by the Trump Administration because it spans more than 176,000 acres. Dinosaur National Monument is more than 210,000 acres but is partially in Utah.

As the Denver Post reported earlier this week, the Canyons of the Ancients has more than 6,000 Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, kivas and rock paintings, and is a big tourism attraction for the Four Corners region, drawing about 30,000 visitors a year. Two studies by Headwaters Economics found that a national monument designation goes hand-in-hand with economic growth. 
These public lands and national monuments are a significant contributor to our state’s economy. We need to protect our public lands and national treasures, not find ways to roll back those protections.

UPCOMING EVENTS

What: Congressional Art Competition & Reception - All high school art students of the 7th Congressional District are cordially invited to participate in our annual Congressional Art Competition. Click here for more information.
When: Friday, May 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Red Rocks Community College Library (2nd Level) (13300 W. 6th Avenue - Lakewood, CO 80228 | MAP)

What: Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony - I’m hosting a ceremony to honor United States Vietnam-era Veterans (Nov. 1, 1955 - May 15, 1975). If you are a Vietnam-era Veteran in Colorado, click here to see how you can receive a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.
When: Thursday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Community Room at Red Rocks Community College (13300 W 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228 | MAP)

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