Reps. from Colorado want state marijuana laws protected

Fellow Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman said he would support the legislation despite voting against and opposing marijuana legalization. Last week, 55 percent of voters approved of a law that would allow a person to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

“I strongly oppose the legalization of marijuana, but I also have an obligation to respect the will of the voters given the passage of this initiative, and so I feel obligated to support this legislation,” Coffman said.

Other supporters include Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Finance: House GOP grills IRS chief on impeachment | Bipartisan anger over Iran payment | Fed holds rates steady but hints at coming hike Panel votes to extend nuclear power tax credit DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (D-Ore.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Sam FarrSam FarrDEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion 19 House Democrats' sites hacked at close of gun sit-in Dems push for allowing base closures MORE (D-Calif.).

Outgoing Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) have been champions of similar legislation. Earlier this week, they sent a letter to President Obama calling for him to respect the wishes of voters.

While both states voted for legalization, marijuana is still outlawed on the federal level. The Drug Enforcement Agency has said federal law has not changed and it is reviewing the new state laws.