Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposed the 2012 ballot measure to legalize marijuana in his state. No matter, since it passed easily he's got to live with it.
Hickenlooper and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Democrats both, are working to establish a legal framework for the Colorado measure, BuzzFeed reports. Although federal law still prohibits marijuana, Colorado is now one of two states - Washington state voters passed a similar law last fall - to have legalized limited possession and distribution of the drug.
Despite the federal Controlled Substances Act, which classifies marijuana as a controlled substance, Gov. Hickenlooper signed a proclamation in December that placed the marijuana ballot measure into state law. And Hickenlooper said Holder was in fact open to finding a federal framework under which Colorado could maintain the newly passed state law.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington (D) has held similar meetings with Holder about his own state's marijuana law, according to Buzzfeed. "We're both in the same boat," said Hickenlooper.