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Thursday, March 28, 2013

'Speechless' politicians reportedly losing faith in marijuana regulators

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Coming on the heels of an audit that showed major inefficiencies and incompetencies at the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, a part of the Colorado Department of Revenue, state legislators are seriously doubting the MMED's ability to also regulate recreational marijuana.

From John Ingold, at the Denver Post:

After [Rep. Brian] DelGrosso's comments Thursday, committee chair Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, abruptly called a recess, and committee members moved to an adjacent room to vent their frustrations.

"They need to tell us how they will do things differently," Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, said of marijuana regulators.

"If you're in the real world, all these flipping people are gone," DelGrosso said.

"Heads should roll," said Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins.

That theme continued in another Post story, by Eric Gorski, about outrageous expenditures by the MMED — then led by longtime regulator Matt Cook — including $250,000 spent on furniture in one year.

"I am speechless," said Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, the committee chairwoman. "It appears there was a shopping spree."

"Apparently," said Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, "we haven't learned anything from $400 federal hammers."

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