Colorado Bars Cops from Aiding Future Federal Marijuana Crackdown

According to the Cannabist, a new bill passed by the Colorado State House could bar police and other law enforcement officers from helping federal workers in a potential marijuana crackdown.

The bill’s passage on Wednesday in the Colorado State House 56-7 was nearly unanimous, a measure of public support for a measure that would stop public employees from assisting federal agents in “arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right.” The bill’s passage, was according to its sponsors, initiated as a result of recent comments by Attorney General Jeff Sessions—among other government officials—vowing to continue enforcing stringent federal marijuana laws.

Though the bill does not specifically refer to marijuana, its effect will be the same. Federal agencies rely on local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal drug laws. Without the support of Colorado public employees, federal agencies may find it difficult to enforce federal marijuana laws in the state.

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