Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Troyer to Colorado Congress Members: Marijuana Prosecutions Not Expected to Rise at Cost of Other Priorities

Jan 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC The top Justice Department official in Colorado has affirmed to the state’s delegation to Congress that recently-issued federal guidelines regarding marijuana laws will not lead to an increase in marijuana prosecutions at the expense of other high-priority law enforcement issues.

U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer discussed the January 4 directive in a conference call on Thursday with seven of the members of Congress representing Colorado in Washington. He said the guidance is consistent with how federal prosecutors in Colorado have approached marijuana prosecutions in recent years and his office would continue focusing on other matters, including immigration, the opioid crisis and violent crime.

“On an issue this critical to state’s rights and a key industry for Colorado, it’s good to know where things stand with respect to the guidance issued by the Trump administration last week,” several participants in the call said in a joint statement. “If federal authorities were to suddenly reverse course and take punitive measures to undermine Colorado’s marijuana statutes, it could create a chilling effect on an industry that employs thousands of people in our state, where sales now exceed $1 billion per year.  We are united in the view that the federal government shouldn’t subvert the will of our citizens expressed at the state level.”

With the exception of Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado members of Congress are seeking support from congressional colleagues across the nation for several legislative steps to ensure the sanctity of Colorado’s marijuana laws. The delegation has spoken by phone or in person several times in the past week since the Justice Department issued its new guidance. Yesterday’s phone call with U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer occurred at the urging of Congresswoman Diana DeGette, the longest-serving congressional representative from the Centennial State.