Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) devoted a portion of his annual State of the State speech on Thursday to pushing back forcefully against a new Trump administration marijuana enforcement policy.
“We were the first state to legalize recreational marijuana,” he said. “But while doing so, we’ve helped create a roadmap for other states. And by the way, I don’t think any of us are wild about Washington telling us what’s good for us. We expect that the federal government will respect the will of Colorado voters.”
Colorado voters approved a marijuana legalization ballot measure in 2012.
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that has generally allowed states to implement their own cannabis laws without federal interference. A large number of members of Congress and state officials have pushed back against the move, which is also deeply unpopular with voters.
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