Colorado Rep. DeGette Touts Legal Marijuana In Fundraising E-mail

COLORADO: Less than a week after the first state-sanctioned sales of marijuana began in Colorado, a U.S. lawmaker from the state is using the issue to raise money.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D), who represents Colorado’s 1st district and is chief deputy whip in the House, sent an e-mail to supporters on Monday arguing that “the world didn’t end” after sales of pot for recreational use began on Jan. 1.

“I’m working hard to make sure that Congress passes legislation to respect states and the overwhelming majority that voted to legalize marijuana in 2012,” she says in bolded text in the e-mail.

“The Congresswoman is pleased that the first few days have gone smoothly,” a spokesman said in a follow-up statement. [Read more…]