Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fired up over Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s blockade of Justice Department nominees. In what seemed to be a veiled threat, Sessions noted that “Marijuana is illegal in the United States–even in Colorado, California, and everywhere else in America.”
Our Attorney General does not respect the rights of the people of this nation if this is the way he chooses to speak. Our great state and many others have legalized cannabis in response to the people and Sessions must recognize this fact.
The proposal, if picked up by a legislative sponsor, would provide protection under the Unfair Employment Practices statute for marijuana users in the state. This would make it illegal for businesses to terminate employees who are not in possession of, or using cannabis on the job.
Old fashioned drug tests can catch marijuana metabolites in the body for weeks, and up to 6 months if it is a hair test. It is absurd to terminate hard-working employees who use marijuana responsibly in a state where cannabis is legal.
Colorado set a new record for cannabis sales in 2017, but economists caution the growth will not continue forever. This slow down is likely due to the legal marijuana market absorbing the majority of the black market in Colorado.
Figures like this should fly in the face of Jeff Sessions and politicians who are attempting to reignite a failed war on drugs. Legalization is proving to be the best tool in fighting the illegal cannabis market while simultaneously providing an influx of tax dollars to the state.
In a bold move to correct the war on drugs, Governor John Hickenlooper and his administration are examining records of inmates with nonviolent cannabis charges.
These people need to be released due to the legalization of cannabis by their fellow Coloradans.
Republican Senator Tim Neville and Democratic Representative Jonathan Singer are working together to develop a bill that would allow up to 15 companies per city, in 3 Colorado cities, to deliver marijuana.
Colorado is behind the curve on cannabis deliveries, as California, Nevada, and Oregon already allow it.