Marijuana: John Hickenlooper stresses urgency in Amendment 64 call to Eric Holder

After the passage of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, Governor John Hickenlooper released a statement advising folks who voted for the proposal to wait before they break out the Cheetos and Goldfish. But he recognizes that the question of federal intervention over the measure is no joke -- hence, his call Friday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on the subject. Here's what Hick's office is sharing about the chat.

According to gubernatorial spokesman Eric Brown, Hickenlooper was joined on the conference call by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who'd previously encouraged the feds to provide guidance about the amendment with alacrity.

The connection was made at just past 3 p.m. Denver time on Friday and lasted about eleven minutes, Brown says. As for details, he released the following statement:
Governor John Hickenlooper and Attorney General John Suthers talked to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by phone [Friday]. They emphasized the need for the federal government to articulate what its position will be related to Amendment 64. Everyone shared a sense of urgency and agreed to continue talking about the issue.
The use of the phrase "sense of urgency" implies that the Justice Department won't wait around for months before weighing in on the act -- and the sooner Holder and company share their thoughts, the less likely it will be that they'll begin by seeking an injunction.

Why not?

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