Democracy Resources has gathered signatures across the country to legalize the use of medical and recreational marijuana, and now we're fighting to protect the laws we helped pass from the Trump administration's threats of increased federal drug raids.
After California introduced legislation to bar state and local law enforcement from collaborating with the feds, the Colorado state legislature is now advancing a bill that will prohibit law enforcement officers from assisting in a potential federal marijuana crackdown.
The state House voted 56-7 Wednesday to bar public employees from assisting federal agents in "arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right."
The legislation is know as House Bill 17-1331. Read it here.
The Colorado bill doesn't specifically mention marijuana. But sponsors say it is inspired by threats that federal authorities may try cracking down on the marijuana industry. Federal authorities generally rely on local law enforcement to enforce federal drug law.
Colorado is also considering a measure to allow marijuana growers to reclassify recreational pot as medical pot, which could help them avoid federal seizure of recreational pot plants.
Please sign our petition below to let the Colorado Senate and Governor know you want them to pass common sense protections for legal marijuana businesses and users.
Petition in Support of Colorado HB 17-1331
Governor John Hickenlooper
Support HB 17-1331
As you know, Colorado law allows for the legal use, production, and sale of medical and recreational marijuana. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has threatened to take action against states, citizens, and dispensaries where marijuana is now legal.
Because of the threat of federal action against dispensaries and citizens in states like Colorado where MMJ and recreational pot are legal, we need legislation that will prevent local and state law enforcement agencies from cooperating with the feds or assisting in any way with enforcement actions against state-authorized cannabis activity.
House Bill 17-1331 will give legal marijuana users and businesses common sense protections from federal overreach.
I am asking you to support HB 17-1331 to protect Coloradans who are operating lawfully under state cannabis laws.