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Trump's White House Will Not Let Colorado's Legal Marijuana Industry Down, GOP Senator Says

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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    A top Republican lawmaker in Colorado is casting doubt on whether Donald Trump’s administration will crack down on the legalization of marijuana, saying the new president wouldn’t “turn his back” on states’ rights. Colorado Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican and a Trump supporter, reacted after the statement from White House spokesman Sean Spicer that recreational pot will face “greater enforcement.” joe amon denver post.jpg

    “I’m not sure I’d put too much thought or too much credit into what he was saying,” Sonnenberg told reporters Monday morning. “This president has been all about federalism and giving the states more authority, this just flies in the face of that. So I would anticipate not much coming from that.”

    Gov. John Hickenlooper downplayed the suggestion a day earlier in a “Meet the Press” interview, affirming that he didn’t believe the federal government would target states like Colorado that legalized weed.

    Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has suggested a change in federal policy toward states on marijuana is unlikely, but Sonnenberg’s comments are the most forceful Republican pushback against the White House on the issue since the announcement Thursday.

    “Colorado has been the leader when it comes to marijuana and the regulation,” he said. “People look to us for leadership, and I don’t think our new president will turn his back on allowing states to do what they need to do, whether (marijuana) or anything else.”

    In the TV interview Sunday, Hickenlooper suggested that even though he opposed Amendment 64, he is moving closer to supporting legalized pot. But Sonnenberg disputed that there is a shift in public opinion on the issue — even though Republican lawmakers are sponsoring various bills related to easing marijuana rules in Colorado.

    “The vast majority of the people who supported marijuana continue to support it and the vast majority of the those that hated it in the beginning, still hate it,” he said.

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    Written by: John Frank, Feb 27, 2017, The Denver Post

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  1. CaptainTripps
    More enforcement could mean a lot of things. The federalist argument can work both ways. One being allowing states to do what they want, but the second is protecting states from the actions of another. My guess is that states will be expected to take precautions that their legal marijuana does not cross state lines. I know in Washington we have become dependent on the tax revenue. If the feds are going to cut funding to the states, states need to be free to find ways to replace that lost income.

    My guess they will take the understanding that the Obama administration had with the states and toughen it. It would not surprise me if the DEA did not send in 20 year old informant's to try and buy weed, like the local cops do with beer. Just instead of a steep fine, the clerk would be looking at hard time. You noticed I said 20 years old. My guess is that 21 will become the national standard. Limits will also be placed on how much can be sold at one time.

    The current recreational law in Washington State is actually much more conservative than the old medical marijuana law. I think when they really look at what a farce medical marijuana laws were in many states, they will realize strict recreational laws are the way to go. (Please note, I am not saying medical marijuana is a farce, I am saying many of the laws were little more than a wink and a nod to recreational use).
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    It's a complex situation and one with no fast fixes, now that the weasel has popped out of the box. With all the enemies Trump is making in government (and out) and with his military generals giving their opinions to our allies and our military directly instead of Trump's - and with his cutting of the Affordable Care Act, which will raise the price of every senior citizen on Medicare an average of $2,000 a person per year, as well as enrage our Muslim, black. Latino, LGBT and female populations, I cannot see him having enough backing, time or money to carry out half of what he's now has in mind on Executive Order minus the financial backing for even one of his many exorbitantly expensive pet projects: the wall, infrastructure, sending immigrants back, defense spending....Who's going to back that? The Republican Senators and other legislators who are up for election in less than two years? The senators whose town hall attendees are out for blood? No. This level of internal disarray is unprecedented in modern politics.

    Something has to give - and I have to believe it's Trump. I don't know if there's a Russia connection direct enough to take him down, but he's so dirty a dealer that something from his present or past will be around to bite him on the ass coming up, I have to believe. I understand that sounds optimistic, but I'm not alone in my opinion that this man is just not going to be able to keep up the shadow boxing for four years. Something is gonna give. Soon.
  3. Beenthere2Hippie
    Forgot to add in closing: Trump has no time to fight marijuana. His plate is full.
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