It’s Official, Colorado: Jeff Sessions Is Coming For Your Weed

UPDATE: Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says don’t be alarmed…yet:

Hopefully these words don’t come back to bite her (see below).


Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

AP reporting via KDVR FOX 31 along with every other media outlet in the land, just days after the nation’s largest retail marijuana market commenced operations in California–Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to be making good on longstanding threats to crack down on the legal sale of marijuana, with apparently no distinction even between medical and retail sales:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, including in Colorado, according to two sources.

Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the sources said…

While Sessions has been carrying out a Justice Department agenda that follows Trump’s top priorities on such issues as immigration and opioids, the changes to pot policy reflect his own concerns.

Trump’s personal views on marijuana remain largely unknown.

Colorado’s Republican Sen. Cory Gardner is affecting much outrage over Sessions’ move today via Twitter:

The rub here of course is that Sen. Gardner, alone among Colorado’s delegation in Washington, cast his vote to confirm Sessions as Attorney General–meaning that Gardner is left holding the proverbial bag in this case more than anyone else in our vanguard legalization state. For all the noise Gardner is making in defense of Colorado’s marijuana industry now, he can’t escape at least partial responsibility for Sessions’ actions.

Obviously we’ll be watching this developing story for updates, since Sessions’ next steps on marijuana will have a major effect on Colorado’s economy. Stay tuned.

26 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Imagine!!! . . . 

    . . . someone lying to Gardner!?! . . . 

    . . . and a Republican, too???!!???

  2. ParkHill says:

    In the 1960s & 70s Nixon weaponized the DEA against African Americans and Anti-war activists. 

  3. ajb says:

    "In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state," Donald J. Trump October 29, 2015

  4. Moderatus says:


    The law is the law. The law is the law. If you don't like the law, change the law…

  5. Pseudonymous says:

    I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.

    — Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) January 4, 2018

    Um, you could just introduce legislation to make it legal, rather than try to force the AG to not enforce the law you aren't changing.

  6. JohnInDenver says:

    Well, with an interim District AG in place who reassures Ms. Coffman, we may be in good shape. Of course, there will be a rotating cast of interim or acting AGs until someone is nominated and confirmed. So if Cory is sincere, he can pretty much insure there will be no one put in place.

    Or, he could simply do the right thing, and push a bipartisan amendment onto a "must pass" law, codifying "state's rights" on marijuana. Heck, that might even get cooperation from Bennet that Zappatero wouldn't condemn.

  7. Old Time Dem says:

    "State's rights" is not the doctrinal hill to die on, and neither the Ninth nor Tenth Amendments have any applicability (nor does the commerce clause, which moron Mike Coffman tweeted about).

    There is federal law on marijuana. It is a constitutional law. It is constitutional for the federal government to prosecute marijuana crimes. Claims otherwise verge on being frivolous. Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005) upheld the federal prosecution of a Californian who grew pot for his own medical use after the state legalized medical marijuana. The decision was 6-3–the majority were Stevens, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Souter and Breyer, with Scalia concurring. The question on which the dissenters disagreed was whether an individual had the right to grow weed for his own use–there is no question that the three dissenters (Rehnquist, Thomas, and O'Conner) would approve of federal prosecutions of commercial growers and sellers.

    Being stupid and claiming that the feds cannot prosecute is distracting from the only possible solution: the law needs to be changed. I hope that Sessions' enthusiasm boomerangs and Congress gets off its ass and does something useful.

  8. Moderatus says:

    Marijuana is illegal under federal law and federal law trumps state law.

    That's it. Done. Next.

    • Pseudonymous says:

      Moderatus says:

      August 28, 2017 at 3:43 PM MST

      When all else fails the county sheriffs are the people's last hope for justice. I'm thrilled by the pardon of Joe Arpaio! This man is an American hero who only did what he had to do to protect the citizens in his charge. That's more than the federal government was willing to do. The people of Maricopa County are loyal and grateful to Sheriff Joe. I hope he runs for the U.S. Senate!

      A win for the REAL law over liberals who hide behind the law in order to hurt our country. Don't import your voters, persuade Americans to support you!!!

      Real federal law and order man, you are.  Yep, that's what I always say.

    • unnamed says:

      So Arpaio is a hero for going against the Federal Government, but now Federal law trumps state law.  Tell me nutlid.  When should state and local control beat the Feds?   Also, you and Beauregard are going against the invisible hand of the Free Market.

  9. JohnInDenver says:

    Oooooo ….. Cory Gardner hits the big time on HuffPost.

    Second story in their heap, right behind Bannon becoming Mercerless.

    Sen. Cory Gardner Rips Jeff Sessions’ Weed Reversal, Threatens To Hold Up DOJ Nominees

    • mamajama55 says:

      Will Gardner change his mind? If it looks politically advantageous….absolutely. Will he try to take every side of the cannabis legalization fight? Yes, true to his nature, he'll change what he says, depending on his audience.

      But for now, I'm reminded of what an ancient sage said: "Not everything Gardner does is evil."

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