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U.S. Rep. Jared Polis joins with congressional colleagues to create Cannabis Caucus

By: Mark K. Matthews, The Denver Post
February 16, 2017 Updated: February 17, 2017 at 6:09 am
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photo - FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. speaks inside the Capitol in Denver.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. speaks inside the Capitol in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) 

WASHINGTON — Marijuana now has its own official club in Congress, thanks to Colorado congressman Jared Polis and three of his colleagues.

The Boulder lawmaker on Thursday joined with fellow Democrat Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, as well as Republicans Dana Rohrabacher of California and Don Young of Alaska, in launching the Cannabis Caucus— a group dedicated to promoting and protecting the nascent industry of legalized weed.

“We’re really at the tipping point on marijuana reform,” said Polis, who highlighted the growing number of states that have legalized for various uses. “For the first time, it’s a majority of Americans that will have access to medical or recreational marijuana.”

The effort comes at a critical time for the industry. Though it’s made strides nationally, and settled comfortably in Colorado since sales of recreational marijuana began in 2014, there remain a number of pressing issues — starting with President Donald Trump’s appointment of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.

Read full story at The Denver Post.

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