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


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Governor John Hickenlooper.
"I think it's important that we move forward with the process and honor the will of Colorado's voters, while also respecting and listening to all the legitimate concerns the federal government may express about this system," he allows. "With regard to being concerned about whether or not it's appropriate to move forward at this time, I think it's absolutely appropriate to move forward even though the federal government hasn't specifically opined about Colorado's implementation of Amendment 64 in order to address the immediate and crucial impacts of the amendment to the citizens of Colorado."

Meanwhile, Sederberg has no complaints about the governor's office announcing the signing after the fact in what appears to have been an effort to prevent a large public celebration of the sort that took place at Seattle's Space Needle when Washington state's Initiative 502 became law at midnight on December 6. He's more focused on the fact that Hick affixed his signature in early December rather than early January, as he could have done.

"I am very happy that the governor's office moved as quickly as they have to make it so that from this day forward, adults in Colorado are no longer subject to punishment for the use and possession of limited amounts of marijuana," he says. "I'm very happy he did it now, so we can end the arrests and have resolution to any pending cases immediately.

"I think the governor's office has handled this well. There have been a few minor bumps along the way, but all in all, they've put in place a task force that will be able to effectively and quickly address all the concerns of the stakeholders."

Here's the list of task force members and their affiliations.

• Rep. Dan Pabon, appointed by the incoming Speaker of the House;
• Sen. Cheri Jahn, appointed by the incoming President of the Senate;
• Rep.-elect Dan Nordberg, appointed by the incoming House Minority Leader;
• Sen.-elect Vicki Marble, appointed by the incoming Senate Minority Leader;
• David Blake, representing the Colorado Attorney General;
• Kevin Bommer, representing the Colorado Municipal League;
• Eric Bergman, representing Colorado Counties Inc.;
• Chris Urbina, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment;
• James Davis, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety;
• John Salazar, the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture;
• Ron Kammerzell, the Senior Director responsible for the Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division;
• Christian Sederberg, representing the campaign to pass Amendment 64;
• Meg Sanders, representing the medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation industry;
• Craig Small, representing marijuana consumers;
• Sam Kamin, a person with expertise in legal issues related to the legalization of marijuana;
• Dr. Christian Thurstone, a person with expertise in the treatment of marijuana addiction;
• Charles Garcia, representing the Colorado Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice;
• Larry Abrahamson, representing the Colorado District Attorney's Council;
• Brian Connors, representing the Colorado State Public Defender;
• Daniel Zook, an at-large member from outside of the Denver area;
• Tamra Ward, representing the interests of employers; and
• Mike Cerbo, representing the interests of employees.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Amendment 64 is now law: Governor John Hickenlooper quietly signs measure."

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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 topcommenter

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 topcommenter

@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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