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Colorado Governor Pushes Feds On Marijuana In State Of The State Speech

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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Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that has generally allowed states to implement their own cannabis laws without federal interference.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.

On Marijuana, Voters Want Feds To Butt Out Of State Laws, Polls Find

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 15-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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