This bill would address one of DACA recipients’ big fears, that their applications for relief will be used to deport them

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman has sponsored legislation that would protect the information that DACA recipients voluntarily provided from being used against them.

Mike Coffman holds his second town hall meeting of this legislative session, Aug. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) mike coffman; copolitics; denver; denverite; colorado; politics;
Mike Coffman listens at a town hall meeting in August. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman has joined U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Texas Democrat, to introduce legislation to allay one of the big fears of people who participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — that the information they provided the government will be used against them.

Huff, puff, pass? AG’s pot fury not echoed by task force

The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views.

By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group of prosecutors and federal law enforcement officials, has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views. The group’s report largely reiterates the current Justice Department policy on marijuana.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions questions Colorado’s marijuana management

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office received a letter from Sessions on Thursday outlining the findings by an agency within the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Jeff Sessions. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
Jeff Sessions. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is questioning how effective marijuana regulation is in Colorado, pointing to a 2016 report that cites increased traffic deaths, emergency room visits and pot consumption among youths since the drug was legalized for recreational use in 2014.

Why are federal officials seeking out anti-pot opinions in Colorado Springs?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an opponent of legal marijuana, and there’s been speculation since his nomination about what that will mean for Colorado.

Officials with the Justice Department held closed-door meetings this week with people in Colorado Springs who are well known for their opposition to legal marijuana.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported on the meetings without too much detail on the content of the conversations. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, a former Colorado attorney general, said much of the discussion was about “sensitive case information” and that the visits aimed to “find out what law enforcement and other regulatory agencies’ view is toward marijuana regulation in Colorado.”