Colorado lawmaker calls Sessions’ marijuana policy letters a “political ploy”
Colorado Rep. Dan Pabon suggested the Trump administration is skewing statistics to exaggerate the problems in Colorado when it comes to youth use and crime
August 10, 2017
BOSTON — A leading Colorado lawmaker dismissed a recent letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that expressed concerns about the state's marijuana industry, calling it a "political ploy."
State Rep. Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat, suggested the Trump administration is skewing statistics to exaggerate the problems in Colorado when it comes to youth use and crime.
His remarks came at a forum on marijuana legalization at the National Conference of State Legislatures summit in Boston, where lawmakers and experts appeared undeterred by the tough talk from Sessions.
Sessions' letter, addressed to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, was one of four written to the governors of states that have laws regulating adult-use cannabis sales. Along with Hickenlooper, the governors of Washington, Oregon and Alaska wrote a letter to Sessions in April, asking him to "engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems."