State of Colorado Archives: on Drugs


George Brauchler: Opposed marijuana legalization; but keep the feds out

Brauchler promised to defend Colorado from federal overreach--including the state's recreational marijuana laws, despite his opposition to the legalization. "I think what this state wants is to have a governor who will stand up to Washington, D.C., and allow us to be more in charge of us and not be so impacted day-in and day-out by bureaucrats and politicians that don't live here," he said.
Source: Denver Post on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race Apr 5, 2017

Darryl Glenn: Feds should leave marijuana law to states, including banking

Q: Do you support federal action to provide rules for legal marijuana businesses to gain access to banking?

A: Not at this time. Marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law. The Department of Justice still maintains the ability to arbitrarily challenge Colorado's legalization of marijuana if it determines that Colorado's regulatory system is inadequate. Further, banks are subject to federal law, so the overall legalization of marijuana needs to be addressed before granting access to banks.

Source: Denver Post Voter Guide on 2016 Colorado Senate race Jun 7, 2016

Darryl Glenn: Congress should leave opioid law to states

Q: What should Congress do to address the crisis of opioid addiction and overdose?

A: Congress does not have a direct role under the Constitution in addressing the crisis of opioid addiction and overdose. Congress should direct its focus on policies that provides States with the flexibility to empower local communities and families on identifying solutions to this growing problem.

Source: Denver Post Voter Guide on 2016 Colorado Senate race Jun 7, 2016

Jon Keyser: Feds should let marijuana businesses use normal banking

Q: Do you support federal action to provide clear rules for legal marijuana businesses to gain access to banking?

A: One of the reasons people are so frustrated with government right now is because government holds private businesses and citizens to standards to which the government does not comply. This is a prime example. Right now, the State of Colorado is allowed to use the federal banking system to deposit the tax revenue generated by marijuana businesses, but the very same businesses paying these taxes to the state are denied access to banks. I support opening the banking system to marijuana businesses so they can move out of the shadows and away from an all cash system that invites corruption and puts business owners in unnecessarily dangerous situations.

Source: Denver Post Voter Guide on 2016 Colorado Senate race Jun 7, 2016

Jon Keyser: Focus on awareness and treatment for opioid addiction

Q: What should Congress do to address the crisis of opioid addiction and overdose?

A: About 80% of heroin users say they became addicted to opioids when they were first legally prescribed to them by a physician. My focus would be on awareness and treatment, so pain management programs are tailored for patients in a way that will prevent prescription opioid abuse and would not lead to heroin use.

Source: Denver Post Voter Guide on 2016 Colorado Senate race Jun 7, 2016

John Hickenlooper: Regulatory regime to marijuana needs to be strengthened

Coloradans voted to legalize marijuana three years ago and we had to build a regulatory system from scratch. We should continue to look at lessons learned from alcohol and tobacco as we monitor and update marijuana regulations. Back in the day, candy cigarettes desensitized kids to the dangers of tobacco--and today, pot-infused gummy bears send the wrong message to our kids about marijuana.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Colorado legislature Jan 14, 2016

John Hickenlooper: Voters were "reckless" to legalize retail marijuana

Colorado voters were "reckless" for legalizing retail marijuana, Gov. John Hickenlooper said during a pair of debates marked by candidates who dealt with uneasy positions and pivots. "I'm not saying it was reckless because I'll get quoted everywhere, but if it was up to me, I wouldn't have done it, right?" he said during the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce debates. "I opposed it from the very beginning. Oh, what the hell, I'll say it was reckless."

The lunchtime debates between Hickenlooper and his gubernatorial challenger Bob Beauprez, and later Sen. Mark Udall and his Senate challenger Rep. Cory Gardner, were meant to focus on economic issues. The governor explained that he believed Coloradans lacked enough data about health effects in voting for retail pot, and suggested other states should take heed.

Source: Denver Post on 2014 Colorado Gubernatorial debate Oct 6, 2014

Owen Hill: Voted NO on regulating retail marijuana

HB 1318: Establishes Sales Taxes & Regulations for the Retail Marijuana Industry
Source: 2013-2014 Colorado Senate & House legislative voting records May 8, 2013

Owen Hill: Voted NO on regulating retail marijuana

HB 1318: Establishes Sales Taxes & Regulations for the Retail Marijuana Industry
Source: 2013-2014 Colorado Senate & House legislative voting records May 8, 2013

Randy Baumgardner: Sponsored bill for regulating retail marijuana

HB 1318: Establishes Sales Taxes & Regulations for the Retail Marijuana Industry
Source: 2013-2014 Colorado Senate & House legislative voting records May 8, 2013

John Hickenlooper: Now it's legal, but keep marijuana out of the reach of kids

Now it's legal, but keep marijuana out of the reach of kids Some other amendments passed in November... one on federal campaign finance reform... and another, for the life of me I can't remember the third one. Oh yeah, Amendment 64. [legalizing medical marijuana].

Now it's legal, but keep marijuana out of the reach of kids We need to expand our DUI law to keep our highways safe from those driving while impaired, and we must put in place consumer and

Source: 2013 Colorado State of the State address Jan 10, 2013

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