(Feb. 24) – After White House spokesman Sean Spicer stated that states that have legalized recreational marijuana will see “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws, members of the House Democratic caucus issued the following statements:

“Voters approved recreational marijuana in 2012 and in the years since we have followed their direction to create a regulatory framework for this new and growing industry that promotes economic growth and protects public safety,” said Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. “Here in Colorado we’ve worked across party lines to create an industry framework that has led to a billion dollar boon for our economy and created thousands of jobs. Other states are looking to follow our example. A federal incursion at this point – after Colorado has demonstrated its ability to regulate the industry – is completely unwarranted.”

“The President should not back out of his promise to let states figure out ways to move away from the ineffective and damaging war on drugs,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont. “In Colorado, we have a billion dollar marijuana industry. That’s $1 billion dollars that is going through the legal market rather than to drug cartels, and is helping us to protect safety and invest in drug treatment and prevention.”

“The 10th Amendment protects the rights of states to listen to and effectively represent the will of their constituents,” said Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver. “From the beginning, we have complied with the Cole Memorandum—the gold standard of guidance from the Justice Department—and I don’t understand why anyone would impugn what we’ve done here in Colorado because we’ve done it by the book.”

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