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Topic - Mason Tvert
Federal authorities descended without warning Thursday morning on multiple Colorado medical marijuana operations, seizing plants and executing search warrants at shops as part of what was described as an ongoing investigation.
Colorado voters split on taxes Tuesday, giving a resounding yes to a tax on retail marijuana and an equally emphatic no to an income tax increase aimed at funding K-12 education.
The National Football League is on the receiving end of a blunt scolding from Colorado pot-legalization advocates, just in time for the debut of the 2013 regular season here Thursday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Recreational marijuana was sold to Colorado voters as a revenue source for schools, but some lawmakers now worry that they may wind up with all of the pot and none of the money.
Alaska, known for its live-and-let-live lifestyle, is poised to become the next battleground in the push to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
The Obama administration is facing rising national and international pressure to nullify efforts in Colorado and Washington state to implement new laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.
Not all Coloradans appreciated former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy harshing their buzz Wednesday with his anti-marijuana effort.
Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, setting up a showdown with federal authorities over the enforcement of national drug laws.
Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, said he was still waiting for details Thursday about what provoked the Colorado raid.
"The Justice Department said it would respect states' rights to regulate marijuana, and that it would not go after businesses as long as they are complying with state laws," Mr. Tvert said in a statement. "We hope they are sticking to their word and not interfering with any state-regulated, law-abiding businesses."