With the shadow of a possible federal crackdown on retail marijuana looming, Colorado lawmakers are taking steps to try to protect the state's pot businesses by letting them re-classify as medical weed purveyors if the need arises.
The bill is seen as the boldest bid yet by a US marijuana state to avoid possible federal intervention in its pot market.
"Given the immediate privacy issues...this is a good bill protecting the privacy of Oregonians choosing to purchase marijuana", said state Rep. Carl Wilson, a Republican who helped sponsor the bill. But critics say nothing guarantees that reclassifying pot as medicine would stop federal action.
But the drug remains illegal at the federal level, and President Donald Trump's administration has said it may ramp up enforcement of federal laws against its use.
More than two dozen US states have legalized some form of marijuana for medical or recreational use. Please support our efforts. As the AP previously pointed out, some are skeptical that the switcheroo would do anything besides cost Colorado $100 million a year in tax revenue. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
Brown and the governors of Alaska, Colorado and Washington - states where cannabis has been legalized - sent a letter in early April to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requesting to work with the administration if they planned to enforce federal marijuana laws.
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