Merry winter, everybody, and welcome to the 18th edition of ReLeaf, our guide to cannabis in the Pikes Peak region.
First, I think it's right to acknowledge the attorneys general of our neighboring states Nebraska and Oklahoma by waving at them with as many fingers as seems appropriate.
Both have sued the state of Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to compel the federal government to interfere with its marijuana program. This drew a laugh from Attorney General John Suthers — the Colorado Springs mayoral candidate — and objections from citizens of those states, including Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma City.
"We think the best move at this point would be to quietly drop the action against Colorado, and if necessary, defend the state's right to set its own policies, as we would hope other states would defend our right to govern ourselves within constitutional confines," states a Dec. 31 letter to Oklahoma AG Pruitt.
There will be other concerns, however. Colorado's Legislature is back in session, which means there will be 50 rumors for every passed bill, and that each bill will be contentious. Potential topics include making it harder for medical patients to claim "extreme pain" as a reason for the card; tracking caregivers and the pot they grow; and what will happen if the framework of our current MMJ laws — House Bill 1284, passed in 2010 — is allowed to sunset with nothing to replace it.
Thanks, as always and forever, for reading.