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CO Developing Plan For Federal Marijuana Protections, What Should Legalization Look Like In NY?, National Legalization Could Generate Billions In Tax Revenue + 1 Million Jobs

Colorado congressional members developing plan for federal marijuana protections

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Friday began to hatch a plan to counter Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to eliminate Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement.

Legislative sources confirmed to The Cannabist that Colorado lawmakers, including Representatives Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, and Sen. Cory Gardner, held a call Friday afternoon to strategize on a push on marijuana-related measures — specifically crafting a spending bill provision to restrict the Justice Department from interfering with laws in Colorado and the 45 other states that have legalized cannabis in some form. Read more

What should marijuana legalization look like in New York?

Although it's uncertain if a bill to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol could become law in New York, a state Assembly hearing Thursday showed that lawmakers are taking the prospect of legalizing "adult use" seriously. Read more

Study: Legalizing marijuana nationally could generate more than $132 billion in tax revenue and 1 million jobs

Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create at least $132 billion in tax revenue and more than a million new jobs across the United States in the next decade, according to a new study. Read more

Americans strongly oppose enforcement of federal marijuana laws, few approve of Jeff Sessions: new Quinnipiac poll

Voters overwhelmingly oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical or recreation marijuana, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday. Read more

U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer: Cannabis Prosecutions Not Expected to Rise in Colorado

The man responsible for enforcing federal cannabis prohibition in Colorado has told the state's legislators that he doesn't expect much to change despite United States Attorney General Jeff Session's recent actions. Robert Troyer, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, told a group of Colorado state representatives that the new Sessions Memorandum would not change the way federal prosecutors in Colorado approach cannabis prosecutions in Colorado, according to a spokeswoman for Congressman Diana Degette. Read more