CALL FOR ACTION INVESTIGATES: 'Secret' marijuana meeting in Colorado Springs
11 News has confirmed that a meeting took place Wednesday between several federal agencies, the mayor of Colorado Springs, and chief of police for Colorado Springs over the topic of marijuana.
Mayor John Suthers spoke with 11 News following the meeting and stated there was a contingent from the Department of Justice White House Office of National Drug Control Policy that came to Colorado this week. Suthers confirmed the meeting was held with the Colorado Springs Police Department, the DEA, and the resident agent with the DEA.
"I think they're in Colorado to find out what law enforcement and other regulatory agencies' view is toward marijuana regulation in Colorado," Suthers said. "They're [local law enforcement] talking about what they're finding in houses, what they're finding and who is doing it, and where these people are coming from."
Mayor John Suthers gave KKTV a written statement earlier in the day when he first declined to talk on camera.
the statement from Suthers read.
When asked about the attention this particular meeting was receiving, the mayor asked if media outlets "stalked" the governor's office on Tuesday.
"So the other 15 meetings I had today were secret meetings also," Suthers said. "There's nothing about this that would require it to be public. The folks that came out didn't want it public; there's no reason for it to be public."
11 News confirmed some members of the public were invited to the meeting, including a local doctor and District 11's student disciplinary director.
Jason Warf, the executive director for the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, sent out the following statement on the meeting:
The mayor says the federal representatives didn't want the meeting to be open to the public.
"A lot of it was around sensitive case investigations; that's another reason why it couldn't be public," explained Suthers. "So without getting into that I would tell you that probably most of the discussion centered around the huge black market that exists for marijuana in Colorado."
Suthers said his stance on legal recreational marijuana remains the same.
"We should be very proud about our designation as a great American defense community," said Suthers. "To keep a military-friendly reputation with the DOD, I don't think embracing getting high for fun would be a good message."