9NEWS reports that Colorado’s Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who famously yelled out “Go Trump!” at the end of (at the time) anti-Donald Trump Rep. Mike Coffman’s victory speech, is hoping aloud that the President-elect and his marijuana archenemy Attorney General Jeff Sessions tread lightly with regard to the budding marijuana industry in our state and several others:
“It’s difficult to anticipate,” says Colorado’s Attorney General, Republican Cynthia Coffman, speaking about any changes that Trump may implement. “I think we’ll be doing a lot in reactionary mode.”
Coffman says she would suggest that federal agencies should stop and ask questions of Colorado before taking any firm stance against it.
“You cannot paint one brush stroke on this and say, ‘This is what marijuana is,'” she says. “We have done a lot to regulate the industry. I think we have learned a lot. every year the legislature tweaks the statues and agencies adjust regulations so we have, I think, the best system of any state in the country in terms of marijuana regulation.”
It’s long been known that Trump is a teetotaler sobriety advocate, who himself claims to have never once drank alcohol–though naturally, he has made plenty of coin from the sale of alcohol at his many hotels and casinos. Despite Trump’s choice of anti-marijuana crusader Sessions as Attorney General, nobody knows yet if Trump’s soft spot for free enterprise (and the fortunes being made in this new industry) will win out over puritanism.
“The longer this period has gone on where Colorado has had legalized marijuana, and other states are trying to adopt it, I think, the more challenging it is for a federal administration to roll that back,” she says.
Setting the fiscal arguments aside, it may be more practical to note that shutting down the marijuana industry in Colorado and other states where it is currently legal is politically a very dicey proposition–for the Trump administration, but also for Republicans downballot in marijuana-friendly states. The support Trump would gain for stamping out legal weed in Colorado would come at a high cost in this swing state, and open a new rift between the libertarian-right voters who fell in for Trump and social conservatives.
It will be interesting to see if AG Coffman can be persuasive with the incoming administration regarding Colorado’s marijuana industry–or if Trump will only remember how those stoners in Colorado screwed him over.