Cory Gardner says AG Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind marijuana policy ‘has trampled on the will’ of Colorado voters |

Cory Gardner says AG Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind marijuana policy ‘has trampled on the will’ of Colorado voters

The move by President Donald Trump’s attorney general likely will add to confusion to the legal marijuana market

Jesse Paul and Jon Murray
The Denver Post
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Washington.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Colorado politicians on both sides of the aisle resoundingly lambasted U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision Thursday to end an Obama-era policy that allowed for marijuana legalization to spread in U.S. states despite pot being federally unlawful.

They said the change put Colorado’s pot marketplace at serious risk — though it still was unclear what the impact would be in the nation’s first legal recreational market.

The decision “has trampled on the will of the voters,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican.

“This industry has been implemented, the sky has not fallen like many of us thought it would and it’s being done responsibly across the country,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat, calling the decision a disappointment in an interview.

The rallying cries against Sessions’ reported rescinding of the so-called Cole Memo were joined by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a fellow Democrat, as well as Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who questioned if the nation’s top law enforcement officer understood the Constitution. All of those officials had opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana before 55 percent of Colorado voters approved it in 2012.

Read the full story at the Denver Post.

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