CO Officials See Tight Pot Regulation as Protection From Feds

Smoke screen?


The top lawyer for Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday that detailed regulations will keep the federal government from cracking down on marijuana legalization in Colorado.

Jack Finlaw, Hickenlooper's chief legal counsel, said the state must show it can keep marijuana within its borders and away from children and also prove that its regulations are comprehensive enough and well-funded enough to work.

"I believe, if we can convince them that we're able to do all that, then they will take the same stance on adult recreational use of marijuana as they've taken on medical marijuana," Finlaw said.