By Stan Bush

DENVER (CBS4) – The Department of Justice and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner are still deadlocked in the battle over legal marijuana.

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On Wednesday, Gardner met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the decision to revoke an Obama-era policy at the DOJ to not enforce marijuana as a priority.

Gardner has vowed to block all DOJ nominees from confirmation until Sessions relinquishes on marijuana enforcement. Gardner says Sessions assured him marijuana would not become a priority before Sessions was confirmed by the Senate.

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“I reiterated my concern that states’ rights were being infringed on through this action and we agreed to continue talks,” said Gardner in a statement.

Denver-based U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer has indicated that he will not change the way his office treats marijuana.

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The Senate is now considering drafting language into the pending appropriations bill that would ban the use of federal funds to cracking down on retail marijuana in states that have passed laws allowing it.

A similar ban already exists for medical marijuana.

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The new scrutiny from the DOJ may already be having an effect on the industry where investors are becoming nervous about funding operations into states that recently legalized.

“It was going to keep marching to larger and larger institutions, and I think this is going to slow that down,” said Adam Orens, founder of the Marijuana Policy Group.

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Orens group has consulted with countries, states, and some of the countries largest cities on the implementation of legal marijuana. Even with the DOJ shifting focus back to criminal prosecution of pot, more states are pressing to legalize.

“I don’t think this will slow (legalization) down at all,” said Orens. “States will continue to move forward.

Stan Bush is a general assignment reporter at CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 10. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @StanBushTV.

Comments (4)
  1. John Thomas says:

    Science and widespread experience have shown marijuana is not addictive and is far less harmful than alcohol. – Yet, more than 600,000 innocent Americans are arrested for simple marijuana possession each year and made second-class citizens – for life! They will forever face large obstacles to decent employment, education, travel, housing, government benefits, and will always go into court with one strike against them. They can even have their children taken away!

    25 million Americans are now locked away in this very un-American sub-class because of this bogus “criminal” record. That has a horrible effect on the whole country, being a massive waste of human potential.

    The fraudulent marijuana prohibition has never accomplished one positive thing. It has only caused vast amounts of crime, corruption, violence, death and the severe diminishing of everyone’s freedom.

    There is no more important domestic issue than ending what is essentially the American Inquisition.

    1. The “science” you refer to has been conducted by pro-pot sources and isn’t even remotely accurate. Most of the accurate research comes from the Rehab centers because of their treatment of pot addicts. They report that between 25 and 35% of their patients nationally, have been admitted for treatment of pot addictions. Here’s a quote from the National Rehab conglomerate report:

      “The common negative effects of smoking marijuana include:

      Impairments in cognitive functioning.
      Impairments in learning.
      Disruption of all stages of memory.
      Impairments of motor control and reaction time.
      Acute depressive reactions at very high doses.
      Panic reactions.
      Mild paranoia.”

      That isn’t harmless. Only pot users think pot is harmless, and that’s only because they can’t see themselves from the outside.

      Pot users also frequently compare the pot situation to the alcohol situation, saying basically if alcohol is legal then pot should be too. Here in Colorado, traffic accidents related to pot use are up dramatically since pot was legalized. So what you’ve done is “make it okay” to greatly increase the number of traffic accidents and fatalities, all in the spirit of the “metoo” crowd. It’s also important to note that a good number of the pot users also drink alcohol along with the pot use, making them even more dangerous.

      If pot users could somehow be confined to their homes when using, for a period of up to two weeks for each use (because that’s how long their brains are impaired), then that might be a different story. But since the users want their “freedom” to run around endangering everyone else around them, whenever they want, then pot should not be legal.

      There is an effort underway to repeal the Colorado Amendment 64, which should be on the ballot in 2019. I for one hope it succeeds.

      1. John Thomas says:

        Totally false. Prohibitionists always try to make up for factualness by throwing tons of BS out there. – The gold standard of marijuana research is found in the major government commissions on marijuana – including President Nixon’s Shafer Commission of 1972. All the major commissions have concluded marijuana is not addictive, is less harmful than alcohol and should be regulated as is alcohol. The reports of all these major commissions can be read here:

        The DEA’s own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an exhaustive review of the evidence: “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”

        Alcohol directly kills more than 50,000 Americans every year. It kills many thousands more in highway deaths and from alcohol-induced violence. The preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is neither a significant cause of auto accidents, nor violence.

        NO ONE has ever died from ingesting marijuana – in all of recorded history. – In that regard, it is safer than aspirin, coffee and peanuts!

        The rabidly prohibitionist agency NIDA has been desperately funding research for decades, looking for some significant harm of marijuana to prop up the fraudulent prohibition. In all that time, they have not found even ONE. If they had, they, the DEA, the ONDCP, etc. would be shouting it from the roof tops and it would be on everyone’s tongue. – Instead:
        [Crickets chirping]

        So, ironically, even NIDA has given marijuana a clean bill of health!

        As the DEA’s own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an exhaustive review of the evidence:

        “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”

        Marijuana is not alcohol. The preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is NOT a significant cause of auto accidents. In 2015, the Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk report, produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that while drunken driving dramatically increased the risk of getting into an accident, there was no evidence that using marijuana heightened that risk.

        In fact, after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, the report found that drivers who had recently consumed marijuana were no more likely to crash than drivers who were not intoxicated at all.

      2. annpirie says:

        Spot on, Randy Barnett. We were hoodwinked into believing we voted for MMJ. That is Medical MariJuana. Now we are expected to deal with it at the social level and I am not happy. Thank you for sticking to your guns . . . oh, that reminds me . . .

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