In response to statements made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer last week, Colorado Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg said that he does not think the federal government will crack down the legal marijuana market in states where itÂ is legal for adult consumption.
Denver Post reports:
âIâm not sure Iâd put too much thought or too much credit into what he was saying,â Sonnenberg told reporters Monday morning. âThis president has been all about federalism and giving the states more authority, this just flies in the face of that. So I would anticipate not much coming from that.â
Gov. John Hickenlooper downplayed the suggestion a day earlier in a âMeet the Pressâ interview, affirming that he didnât believe the federal government would target states like Colorado that legalized weed.
Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has suggested a change in federal policy toward states on marijuana is unlikely, but Sonnenbergâs comments are the most forceful Republican pushback against the White House on the issue since the announcement Thursday.
âColorado has been the leader when it comes to marijuana and the regulation,â he said. âPeople look to us for leadership, and I donât think our new president will turn his back on allowing states to do what they need to do, whether (marijuana) or anything else.â
MPP will continue to monitorÂ the Dept. of Justice for more info on their intended policy going forward.