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-- this week on new regulations needed to implement the legalization.
Of marijuana after voters approve this measure back in November are joining us now in a debate -- -- our former DEA administrator.
And Christians cedar -- he's a member of the amendment 64 task force that turning.
It Vinson and cedar -- In good -- -- both gentlemen Christian is the goal of the law and the rules that you're laying out in the implementation.
Of this law.
Is it really to.
They keep the federal bend.
The Fed's away from this -- and keep the DEA from enforcing the federal drug law.
Well that they threaten me first in.
But that the primary goal of of what we're doing obviously is to allow adults -- -- and over to have safe access to regulated.
And controlled the marijuana.
Obviously the the recommendations definitely took into account.
The concerns the federal government has expressed about.
Teens -- you know continues.
Good movement of marijuana outside the state of Colorado and and also you know funding our regulatory structure so.
That was certainly in our minds but but but the focus was on what the will of the voters.
Was which was -- -- -- accessed through to marijuana.
And these are just roll ultimately discipline and more this go to a vote Christian later in the year to decide exactly how the laws implement.
-- they're they're actually recommendations that are being given to our legislature.
Which will then be debated and voted on.
It's the democratic process that the recommendations are just a bunch of stakeholders and people interest in this issue so.
-- what you know about these recommendations in these roles laid out do you think that it will keep the federal government and the DA out of the state.
Well first of all.
The proposals that have come forth from Colorado.
-- something that no other country in the world has done which is to legalize the cultivation distribution.
And sale of marijuana which is clearly.
Against US federal law against US international treaty organization.
And it's also a major problem for health and safety.
The 21 and older provision.
Just means a great deal more marijuana will be available and the biggest buyers of marijuana.
Are nineteen years old.
You're gonna have major problems in the workplace.
You're gonna have major problems on the highways.
This is a chart.
Of what's happened in the last.
Three to five years in Colorado.
Who've been involved in that fatal car accident who tested positive for marijuana it's.
Why tripled -- point now.
One to 52 or why would that needs and it's hearts that paid our if you have greater already and if you have legalization but greater enforcement of -- -- -- -- this then the enforcement if you've got legalization of marijuana you're gonna increase availability dramatic.
You're going to have people who are using marijuana which is now illegal.
I and the other marijuana as I do you do about Christiana and I want Chris did you respond to what I just -- -- I wanna make money as -- are -- one last point and then I'm an electrician respond go ahead cater.
The theory that marijuana is a harmless ingredient.
-- -- -- math and the voters of Colorado didn't have an even ballot they got outspend.
Point five million dollars for this proposition.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- all the respond to a number of things that he said you know first of all.
No one's saying that is -- harmless substance people are just saying that it's a less harmful substance substance and alcohol fifth at health and safety is your focus.
Then why would you go against the will of the voters here which are basically saying allow us to use a less toxic.
-- substance for recreation are -- relaxation.
Has its devices as -- -- -- -- -- let me hedge if I could I just -- radical cancer -- well Christian -- hat -- absolutely invited finished we we put -- protections for employers you mentioned nineteen year old -- it purchasing marijuana be the largest -- that's because drug dealers do not card people.
We -- putting it in a regulated store deregulated environment.
We're gonna make sure that everything every protection that we have for -- on other -- and other substances are putting a place we address that much of tobacco type issues with with smoke with.
Nicotine with adding additives make it more addictive the regulated market is the best place for this the your part of -- a group of people who are.
You know -- us moments a smaller number of people every year that believe that indeed the prohibition of marijuana is somehow more appropriate in the regulation marijuana and this is what's happening here and it's.
You know -- voters have spoken and we'll move forward.
I do wanna ask Peter one thing to note that as -- as you heard the former administrator at the DEA do you believe that the federal government will go into the state of Colorado and continue to enforce the federal law.
I think that this Colorado law will be overturned.
By the Justice Department or a federal court and I also want to make a point but -- 5% of Americans.
Do not use marijuana.
Marijuana stays in the body.
Through two to three weeks when it's used it's got.
A staying power that's 75 times longer than when you take one drink of alcohol so it.
You -- -- -- -- Antarctica now a lot of what they did this is just a misstatement it is true this is not through this drill our kitchen as he did not active ingredients will state your body.
The non active ingredients will stay in your body so you can be tested for for a longer period of time.
That's why Americans have been forced to drink instead of using a substance that's objectively that's harmful by every measure so on the weekends it is -- -- -- marijuana they'll learn their job intimidating to attend the -- -- drug admitting passion gentlemen Food and Drug Administration.
Does not approve marijuana.
Or effective all right neither does the debt -- Americans again -- they're.
It that it -- -- -- until don't want a proponent for political reasons not scientific reasons.
Are -- I have to end it there this week it actually did this I'd say for an hour but that you -- brought good note that you both brought.
Different sides to the argument and you broke -- but came loaded for bear gentlemen thank you so much bigger -- action and.