Colorado Dems: We'll give up legal pot when Sessions 'pries it' from our hands

Colorado Dems: We'll give up legal pot when Sessions 'pries it' from our hands
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Democrats in Colorado’s state Senate are hitting back at Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors Key GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment With new immigration policy, Trump administration gutting the right to asylum MORE's order undoing Obama-era regulations allowing the recreational use of marijuana.

"We'll give Jeff Sessions our legal pot when he pries it from our warm, extremely interesting to look at hands," they tweeted Thursday.

“Instead of using taxpayer resources to go after a drug that’s safer than alcohol, Jeff Sessions should focus on political corruption and white collar crime,” they continued. 

“If only there was some way we could mellow him out.”

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The Colorado Democrats also argued the marijuana industry has had a positive effect in the state, citing infrastructure projects partially funded by the state’s marijuana tax.

Sessions earlier Thursday moved to rescind the so-called Cole memo, which ordered U.S. attorneys in states where marijuana has been legalized to deprioritize prosecution of marijuana-related cases. The Department of Justice in a memo called the change a "return to the rule of law."

It was not immediately clear when Sessions will formally revoke the agreement, authored in 2013 by then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

The new policy sets up a battle between the federal government and states that have legalized the drug for recreational use.

The announcement garnered criticism from both Colorado's Republican and Democratic senators. 

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerMcConnell calls for Senate hearings on Russia sanctions GOP seeks separation from Trump on Russia Republican bill aims to deter NATO members from using Russian pipeline MORE (R-Colo.) ripped the decision, saying it should be left up to individual states. He also expressed frustration that Sessions had previously indicated he wouldn’t alter the policy. 

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHarley stunner spikes tension with Trump over trade policy Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor MORE (D-Colo.) also criticized Sessions, saying he “failed to listen to Colorado, and will create unnecessary chaos and confusion.”

Colorado is one of six states that has legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. California allowed the sale of the drug beginning Monday.