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Amendment 64's Christian Sederberg upbeat about being named to marijuana act's task force

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Word that Governor John Hickenlooper had signed Amendment 64 into law necessarily overshadowed the announcement of members assigned to a task force that will guide implementation of the act. But Christian Sederberg, who'll represent the A64 campaign in the group, thinks the process is off to a positive start.

Sederberg didn't lobby for a position on the task force -- see the full list of members below -- but wasn't surprised that he was chosen as what he calls "a good representative of the campaign." As he notes, "we'd met with them right after the amendment's passage, and they understood my role. They knew I'd worked on medical marijuana regulatory and legal issues, but also with the campaign itself, as a surrogate and adviser."

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Christian Sederberg.
The 24 members of the task force are largely drawn from elected and government officials, supplemented by advocates like Sederberg. Overall, he believes the makeup of the committee represents "a good cross-section of people who are and will be stakeholders in the process going forward. With regard to the representation of marijuana issues specifically, there is an industry representative (Meg Sanders), a marijuana consumers representative (Craig Small) and a campaign representative -- me. Obviously, all three of us have different specific interests moving ahead, but I look forward to working with them on these issues.

"As far as the rest of the panel is concerned, I'm sure we'll have more feedback as we have an opportunity to talk, but I look forward to working with all of them in implementing Amendment 64 in a way that honors the will of the voters and is good for Colorado."

The task force's first meeting is scheduled for noon on Monday, December 17. In advance of that sit-down, Sederberg says he's already met with the group's co-chairs -- Jack Finlaw, Hickenlooper's chief legal counsel, and Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue -- "to discuss some important issues that we see moving forward. But I think the process will involve work groups. It sounds like there will be a number of them working on specific issues with the guidance of the task-force members themselves." In addition to the December 17 meeting, he expects "several meetings in January and February."

The tight scheduling makes sense, in his view. "We need to get something done quickly in order to meet the time frames in the amendment," he says.

As you know, Amendment 64 conflicts with federal drug policy -- and the Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will allow Colorado to shape its own marijuana destiny or intervene to block establishment of a retail system. But Sederberg sees no reason to wait until the feds get around to deciding on a course of action.

Continue for more of our interview with Amendment 64 task force member Christian Sederberg.



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20 comments
Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Michael you have a little bit of white stuff on your chin did Christen treat you good to get this story printed? WHERE IS THE CONVERASATION BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NIXONLOOPER REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A64?

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Michael you have a little bit of white stuff on your chin did Christen treat you good to get this story printed?  WHERE IS THE CONVERASATION BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NIXONLOOPER REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A64?

Matt Jurcin
Matt Jurcin

Stephen-The federal government doesn't even recognize state law as priority. In their eyes it still has the same definition both legally and in physical definition. That makes for a loophole. Until that loophole is closed, cannabis is no more "legal" (federally) than before. It is, by no means "legalization" by definition. More like (over) regulation and something else for the state to tax. This law does not serve the people, as much as it serves the state. That's all im saying.

John Haarala
John Haarala

The new faces of meth ad is scary.... Still awaiting the faces of marijuana ad... Oh wait, it'd be all smiles and would lead to higher sales.

Chinky Sanchez
Chinky Sanchez

Who cares. It was voted to be Legalized. It's a damn harmless plant. Go worry about crackin down all the meth in this state.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

I doubt that the federal authorities will obstruct the new law. They may lay down some conditions to their gloved approach but overall they'll not be so bold as to tell Americans that there votes don't count. Not yet anyway.

Matt Jurcin
Matt Jurcin

I suggest you all search google for the federal definition of cannabis.

Matt Jurcin
Matt Jurcin

Yes. Until the feds re-assess the SCHEDULING and 80 year old DEFINITION of cannabis AND HEMP, 64 is nothing but the same grey area that we were dealing with before...except NOW the state can collect more taxes. The law did not favor The People.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

What a thankless job! He'll be repeatedly shouted down by the 20 bureaucrats and politicians.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

Do they pass out the Cheetos and Gold Fish before or after the circle jerk?

coloradommjpatient
coloradommjpatient

Good cross section? Looks to be attorneys (who will profit from this) and bureaucrats with a regular person or two that allows them to claim "diversity." 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Lying Liars and Big $$ Dispensary Pimps

Priceless!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Jurcin  "The federal government doesn't even recognize state law as priority."

Because Federal Law is SUPREME over State law.

@Matt Jurcin "More like (over) regulation and something else for the state to tax. This law does not serve the people, as much as it serves the state."

Bingo !! ... give that man a spliff

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chinky Sanchez  .. if it's harmless, then why did you vote to DENY ANY legal marijuana to EVERYONE under 21 years old?

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@Stephen At Half Aspen I totally agree, they might say, 'not within 1000 feet of a school', 'no more that 1,000,000' plants, and forget about it!

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