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 SessionsTrump attack on Sessions may point to his departure Hillicon Valley: Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV | Trump, intel officials clash over Russia docs | EU investigating Amazon | Military gets new cyber authority | Flynn sentencing sparks new questions about Mueller probe Sessions in Chicago: If you want more shootings, listen to ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter 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 GardnerSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report Colorado governor sets up federal PAC before potential 2020 campaign Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law 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 BennetOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan senators unveil proposal to crack down on surprise medical bills Multiple NFL players continue on-field protests during national anthem 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.