Colorado Governor on Meeting With Sessions: Marijuana Crackdown Unlikely
Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado had a highly-anticipated face-to-face meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this week. Hickenlooper reports that after speaking with Sessions he now believes a federal crackdown on marijuana is unlikely.
In a post-meeting interview with MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily Hickenlooper said he requested the meeting with Sessions to discuss both cannabis and immigration. The meeting was just one hour long and marijuana dominated their conversation.
Hickenlooper says that although Sessions was emphatically against marijuana legalization, he was willing to acknowledge that marijuana regulations came into law in Colorado by the will of the voters. This, said Hickenlooper, provided him with reason to believe Sessions will not interfere with state marijuana laws.
“It doesn’t mean that he feels in any way that he should be cutting any slack to marijuana,” said Hickenlooper. He believes Sessions drug enforcement priorities are focused on substances such as heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.
Hickenlooper also used the opportunity to school Sessions on the progress his state has made against illegal drug activity. He also noted the revenue boost Colorado has received from marijuana sales and the many ways the state has been able to put that money to good use this year.
“We’re spending $6-to-$10 million to support the U.S. attorney but also local law enforcement to make sure that if there are illegal grows in Colorado and that marijuana is going out of state, we’re going to nail them; we’re going to prosecute them.”