DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today released the following statement in response to the announcement from the Department of Justice on marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington:
“Denver has prioritized protecting our neighborhoods, our children and our quality of life by properly regulating and enforcing the sale of recreational marijuana in Denver since Colorado voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 64 last November. We thank U.S. Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice for providing a framework for moving forward, a framework that affirms my administration’s work to create responsible and restrictive regulations.
“Denver is focused on tightening our regulatory system and bolstering our enforcement efforts while also educating our young people. The new tax revenues proposed will allow us to dedicate thoughtful resources to address the complexities of this new industry and to face the many challenges that remain.
“We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Responsibly implementing this unprecedented new law requires close collaboration with our federal delegation, state officials, city council, and other local stakeholders, and we thank them for their continued partnership.”