Marijuana: Eighteen legislators ask feds to respect Colorado's Amendment 64
|Ed Perlmutter at a campaign rally last month.|
Oliver added, "Ed's just working on his own timeline.... Diana's bill may be the best vehicle...but it may be too soon to know. He's going to take his time and make the right decision."
A similar caution is being exercised by Colorado's senators -- one of whom actively opposed Amendment 64. Note that on October 30, just days before the election, Senator Michael Bennet officially announced his opposition to proposal, authorizing the No on 64 campaign to release the following statement on his behalf: "A constitutional amendment to make this type of change leaves cause for concern. Looking at this as a parent, it goes too far."
After the vote, The Colorado Independent wondered if Bennet might introduce legislation similar to DeGette's in the senate, despite his dislike of the act. Bennet spokesman Adam Bozzi responded with the following:
Right now, Senator Bennet is waiting to see the results of the conversations between the state of Colorado and the Justice Department. As you know the governor and attorney general have requested guidance from DOJ about how the Justice Department will respond to Colorado's marijuana vote.Mark Udall, Bennet's fellow Colorado Senate, feels likewise.
"At this point, Senator Udall is not going to be introducing any legislation or companion bills in the Senate," says his spokesman, Mike Saccone. "He believes it's important to not only study the issue, but also to see how the Department of Justice responds to Governor [John] Hickenlooper and [Colorado] Attorney General [John] Suthers," who recently took part in a conference call with Attorney General Holder on the subject of Amendment 64. Thus far, Hickenlooper's office is keeping the content of that discussion under wraps, other than to say that all parties understand the urgency of the Obama administration clarifying its policy.
Look below to see the letter to Holder and Leonhart. That's followed by Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act.
More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Mike Coffman, Amendment 64 opponent, to back federal exemption bill."