Colorado congressional members developing plan for federal marijuana protections

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Polis previously proposed an amendment that would provide similar protections for state-legal recreational marijuana. Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Friday began to hatch a plan to counter Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to eliminate Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. That provision included in omnibus legislation since 2014 prohibits Justice Department spending to interfere with state laws authorizing medical marijuana use, distribution, possession and cultivation. As for Rohrabacher-Blumenauer, that provision is embedded in current spending legislation — meaning that if another stopgap measure is approved, the medical marijuana provisions are extended. Legislative sources confirmed to The Cannabist that Colorado lawmakers, including Representatives Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, and Sen.

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Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Friday began to hatch a plan to counter Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to eliminate Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement.

Legislative sources confirmed to The Cannabist that Colorado lawmakers, including Representatives Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, and Sen. Cory Gardner, held a call Friday afternoon to strategize on a push on marijuana-related measures — specifically crafting a spending bill provision to restrict the Justice Department from interfering with laws in Colorado and the 45 other states that have legalized cannabis in some form.

Perlmutter in an interview with The Cannabist confirmed he participated in the call and said, “there’s now urgency to start moving” on the slew of marijuana-centric bills that have been introduced in Congress but have thus far languished in committee.

“I think the Sessions memo yesterday lit a fire under a lot of people about these...

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