Colorado Governor Responds to Jeff Sessions Criticizing his State’s Marijuana Law

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman have responded to a July 24th letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who raised “serious questions” about Colorado’s marijuana laws.

“The State of Colorado has worked diligently to implement the will of our citizens and build a comprehensive regulatory and enforcement system that prioritizes public safety and public health,” Hickenlooper and Coffman wrote in the letter which was obtained by The Cannabist. “When abuses and unintended consequences materialize, the state has acted quickly to address any resulting harms.” They note that; “While our system has proven to be effective, we are constantly evaluating and seeking to strengthen our approach to regulation and enforcement.”

“Colorado’s system has become a model for other states and nations,” the letter states. “Our agencies have consulted with countless jurisdictions around the world as they work to construct a comprehensive and effective regulatory framework.”

They continue; “We stand ready to work with our federal partners to fortify what we have built. We are confident that if we work together, we can maintain a responsible regulatory and enforcement model that protects public safety, public health and other law enforcement interests.”

Sessions also sent letters to Alaska, Washington and Oregon, with governor’s in alll three states having  already responded in a manner similar to Hickenlooper.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at

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