No progress in meeting on pot between Gardner, Sessions

“Nobody changed their mind in today’s meeting.”

Senator Cory Gardner speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) western conservative summit; wcs; protest; cory gardner; healthcare; adapt; medicaid; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Senator Cory Gardner speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

There’s no progress reported in talks between Colorado’s Republican senator and the Republican Attorney General over marijuana policy.

Sen. Cory Gardner met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday. Last week Sessions removed Obama-era protections for states like Colorado with legalized marijuana. Gardner acted to prevent confirmation of all nominees to the Department of Justice unless Sessions reversed himself.

What will Colorado’s feds do about legal marijuana now? We asked their old boss.

Today, Bob Troyer became one of the most closely watched people in Colorado.

Troyer is the U.S. attorney for the state, leading the federal prosecutors who are central to enforcing federal laws — like the ones about marijuana. With this morning’s ground-shaking change in federal marijuana policy, he is now in a position to decide the fate of the state’s legal marijuana industry.

To get a sense of what he might do, we interviewed his old boss: John Walsh, the previous U.S. attorney for Colorado. Both he and Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman have played down the possibility of a full-scale assault on legal marijuana in Colorado, but Walsh warned of confusion and even chaos in cannabis markets.

“This leaves it to the individual U.S. attorneys to develop their own policy, which frankly is very difficult, having been in that position and trying to reconcile a truly unique situation where there is a conflict between state and federal law,” Walsh said.

“In theory, it leaves the field open, and that’s part of the problem. You could easily see very different enforcement approaches taken by districts even next to each other. … The potential for confusion is extremely high, and the potential for actual chaos exists.”

Denver revokes 4/20 permit claim from “Smokey” Ortiz, whose lawyer points out that likely permit winners sell marijuana, a federal crime

The fight for Denver’s famous marijuana rally is far from over, and the whole thing has frankly gotten bizarre.

2 Chainz playing Denver's 4/20 event in 2017. (Courtesy Bobby Reginelli)
2 Chainz playing Denver’s 4/20 event in 2017. (Courtesy Bobby Reginelli)

This joint just got a little more twisted. The coveted permit to throw Denver’s biggest marijuana party has changed hands yet again, this time with mere months to go before tens of thousands of tokers descend on Civic Center.

“Isn’t it a saga?” asked Bobby Reginelli, marketing director for Euflora, the dispensary that now is set to host the party.

It is indeed. It’s had everything from 2 Chainz and stacks of cash to a three-week campout outside a government building, a desperate footrace to grab a piece of paper, a guy who apparently misspelled his own name at the worst time, and some existential questions about the city’s cannabis culture.

Now, the fight is far from over, and the whole thing has frankly gotten bizarre.

“The city already issued this permit,” said Rob Corry, an attorney for Michael Ortiz, who just lost his dibs on the permit. “We relied on this, and we made a lot of moves, frankly, and raised funds, and put together a package — $1.4 million that we were going to spend on this, and zero indication from the city that this was brewing.”