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 SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold 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 GardnerEleven interesting races to watch in 2022 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules Gun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA 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 BennetThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Overnight Energy & Environment — Starting from 'scratch' on climate, spending bill Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs 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.