Following a face-to-face meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he doesn’t think a federal crackdown is imminent for his state or others that have legalized cannabis.
Hickenlooper shared some details of his meeting this week with Sessions in Washington, D.C. during an appearance Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily” with host Chuck Todd and in a follow-up interview Thursday with The Cannabist.
“We wanted to understand his frame of reference on both cannabis and immigration,” although cannabis dominated the conversation, Hickenlooper told The Cannabist.
Wednesday’s hour-long meeting was held at the request of the Colorado governor, who was traveling to D.C. for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s 9th Annual Capital Conservation Awards Dinner.
Hickenlooper was among four governors from legal marijuana states who recently wrote an open letter to Sessions and the Secretary of the Treasury asking they engage with them before “embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems.” Sessions has, in recent months, reiterated his opposition to marijuana legalization but has not issued a formal enforcement policy.
Banner Image: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his State of the State address in the House chamber at the Capitol on Jan. 12, 2017. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)