Hickenlooper to create task force on Colorado marijuana legalization


Gov. John Hickenlooper will create a task force to deal with the fallout from the state’s legalization of marijuana use, possession and sales.

Eric Brown, the governor’s spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the yet-to-be-formed task force will work “to identify the policy, legal and procedural issues that need to be resolved related to Amendment 64.”

“The task force will be charged with offering suggestions for legislative and executive actions that need to be taken for the effective and efficient implementation of the amendment,” Brown said.

The task force is to include state officials, lawmakers, marijuana advocates and other “stakeholders” — likely a reference to law-enforcement, drug-treatment and community representatives.

Read more at DenverPost.com.


mark hartless 4 years, 4 months ago

No law brought by the unadulterated will of the people is ever above the scrutiny and final approval of our princes, kings and polliticians who ultimately defend or ignore the ones they like or dislike at their own discretion... will-of-the-people be damned.

Is Hickenlooper a "D" or "R"? I can't tell from this vantage point.


rhys jones 4 years, 4 months ago

They can get on board or out of the way, but this train ain't stopping.


Scott Wedel 4 years, 4 months ago

Simple smart move.

What was passed by public vote does not conform to federal law. So it makes sense to create a knowledgeable task force to see if they can find a clever way to implement it so that there are plausible legal questions whether the feds have jurisdiction over Colorado's legalized mj.

Pretty similar to what was done for mmj dispensaries which was to write Colorado's laws to fit into gaps of Supreme Court decisions and so feds busting Colorado dispensaries that are following state law would expect appeals possibly all the way to the Supreme Court. And so feds have left Colorado dispensaries alone while busting dispensaries in other states.


jerry carlton 4 years, 4 months ago

Hick is a Democrat but I voted for him since he was a businessman and not an attorney or professional politician both species that I believe are leading to the downfall of this country.


Mike Isaac 4 years, 4 months ago

Ryan and Mark Hickenlooper is what the Democrats used to be. He seems to do things his own way and not listen to progressive and socialist wing of that party. Unlike Obama Hick is a smart business man that will be fair to future small business owners that will provide jobs and tax $$$. I just hope that Obama and his pals at the UN leaves us alone. The United Nations drug czar told Obama to toss the Constitution and go after Colorado and Washington so other states don't follow. We need to get out of the UN make them move elsewhere.


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