When it comes to cannabis: I’m not going to pay for it
When it came to the legalization of cannabis in Colorado and Washington, the state government’s chief spokesman has been a consistent voice against the plant.
But now he’s joining the chorus of the marijuana industry’s critics calling for him to step down from his position, saying he’s too close to pot businesses and is a threat to the safety of the public.
Mark Ciaramella, a spokesman for Colorado Gov.
John Hickenlooper, said Thursday that the governor has made it clear that his support for the recreational legalization of marijuana has not changed.
“I will not resign my position in the Department of Health and Human Services,” Ciaromella said in a statement.
“I will continue to work with my colleagues and my colleagues will continue working to ensure that the safety and health of Colorado residents are protected and the public are protected.”
Ciaramellas resignation comes amid a major escalation in the fight against marijuana legalization in the United States.
On Thursday, two members of the House Appropriations Committee said that the Department for Justice, which is overseeing the legalization process, should investigate the role that marijuana legalization is playing in the rise in marijuana use among children and teens.
“There’s no question that the cannabis industry has been the catalyst for the increase in cannabis use in the last 10 years, and there’s no doubt that the government’s position has been very clear that they’re going to continue to look at that and work with the federal government to get the proper guidance and enforcement in place,” Rep. Andy Harris, D-Md., told reporters.
The Department for Homeland Security and the Department.gov website for the Department and Justice have been shut down since the election of Donald Trump.