Special session on Colorado marijuana issues called a long shot – Colorado Springs Gazette
Members of Colorado’s marijuana industry and other advocates on Thursday floated the idea of a special session of the state legislature to overturn Gov. John Hickenlooper’s vetoes of three marijuana bills this week.
Hickenlooper nixed legislation that would have allowed samples of cannabis products to be consumed in “tasting rooms” at licensed stores, as well as a measure that would have opened up the state’s pot industry to public investors, and another that would have listed autism as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.
But with the General Assembly having wrapped up business a month ago, it would be an “uphill fight” to get Hickenlooper or legislators to agree to a special session in the middle of election season, advocates acknowledged at a morning press conference at the Capitol.
“This is something we’ve explored at a very basic level,” said Christian Sederberg, a marijuana industry activist and a partner of the self-titled “Marijuana Law Firm,” Vicente Sederberg.
“. The issue here is that consumers, patients and the business community all feel like they were run over in this process, after doing a great deal of work, advocating to build a coalition (and) holding stakeholders’ meetings. Everyone feels as though they were treated unfairly.”
Typically the governor would issue a call for lawmakers to come back to Denver for a special session, but the legislature could do it on its own if the House speaker and Senate president could get a two-thirds majority in each chamber to support it.
But even if legislators did vote to return and took the minimum of three days to pass two new bills – at a general cost of $25,000 a day – the new bills would still land back on Hickenlooper’s desk, where he could veto them again.