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Notice of Draft Decision on Powderhorn
Mountain Resort Project
Grand Junction, January 24: The Grand Mesa,
Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National
Forests¡¯ Grand Valley Ranger District completed
the draft Decision Notice for the Powderhorn
Mountain Resort (PMR) Snowmaking and Con-
nector Trail Environmental Assessment (EA).
The EA, draft Decision Notice, and supporting
documentation are available for review online
at: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56710
and hardcopies are available for review at the
Grand Valley Ranger District in Grand Junction.
After consideration of the analysis in the EA
and public comments, Chad Stewart, Deciding
Official, has approved the proposed action.
The draft decision authorizes the construction
of a snowmaking supply line, pump house, an
intake pad and the Rim View Connector Trail.
The release of the Draft Decision initiates the
45-day objections period.
Individuals who submitted timely and specific
written comments during the 30 day combined
scoping and comment period initiated in Sep-
tember 2019 have standing to file an objection
to the Draft Decision Notice under 36 CFR 218.
Objections, including attachments, must be
submitted via mail, express delivery, messen-
ger service, or hand delivery (Monday through
Friday, 8a to 4:30p, excluding holidays) to:
Objection Reviewing Officer, USDA Forest Ser-
vice, Rocky Mountain Region, 1617 Cole Blvd.
Bldg. 17, Golden, CO 80401; or by Email to:
SM.FS.r02admin-rev@usda.gov
At a minimum, an objection must include the
following: objector¡¯s name and physical mail-
ing address; signature or other verification of
authorship upon request; identification of the
lead objector when multiple names are listed;
name of the proposed project; name and title
of Responsible Official; and name of national
forest unit(s) on which the project will be
implemented.
Objections must be filed within 45 calendar
days following the publication of a legal notice
in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. The legal
notice is anticipated to be published on Janu-
ary 24, 2020. The publication date in the Daily
Sentinel (newspaper of record) is the exclusive
means for calculating the time to file an objec-
tion. Those wishing to object should not rely
on dates or timeframe information provided
by any other source. The regulations prohibit
extending the time to file an objection.
If you have additional questions regarding
this draft decision or the objection process,
please contact Bryan West, Project Leader, at
303.275.5276, or bryan.west@usda.gov
The Good News
2020 February/March
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
Key Findings
Thirty-two US governors received a passing
grade of ¡®C¡¯ or higher (22 Democrats, 10 Repub-
licans); last year, only 27 Governors received a
grade of ¡®C¡¯ or higher.
Of these, nine US governors, all Democrats, re-
ceived an ¡®A¡¯ grade.
Twelve governors received a ¡®B¡¯ grade (11 Demo-
crats, 1 Republican)
Eleven governors received a ¡®C¡¯ grade (9 Republi-
cans, 2 Democrats)
Ten governors, nine Republicans and one Demo-
crat, received a ¡®D¡¯ grade
Eight governors, all Republicans, received an ¡®F¡¯
grade
Among Democratic Governors, 39 percent re-
ceived an ¡®A.¡¯ Ninety-six percent of Democratic
Governors received a grade of ¡®C¡¯ or higher.
Among Republican Governors, only 37 percent
received a grade of a ¡®C¡¯ or higher. Thirty percent
received a failing grade.
The Takeaway
Political support among US governors for mari-
juana policy reform continues to grow. However,
this support is more partisan than ever before.
No Republicans are on record in support of adult-
use legalization and few are in favor of regulat-
ing medical cannabis access. By contrast, a large
percentage of Democrats are supportive of both
issues.
This partisan divide is not similarly reflected
among the general public. According to national
polling data compiled by Gallup in October 2019,
66 percent of the public, including majorities of
self-identified Democrats, Republicans, and Inde-
pendents, favor adult-use legalization.
Bipartisan support among the public for medi-
cal marijuana legalization is even stronger. Until
this public support is similarly reflected among
lawmakers, many cannabis-specific legislative re-
forms, in particular adult-use legalization propos-
als, will continue to meet resistance at the state
level.
Acknowledgements
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Governor Jared Polis (D) Colorado
NORML Grade A
2019 Enacted Legislation: Governor Polis signed
several marijuana-related measures into law in
2019.
Most prominent among them were:
House Bill 1230, which establishes licensing re-
quirements and regulations for the establishment
of on-site marijuana consumption facilities,
House Bill 1234, which regulates the home-
delivery of both medical marijuana and adult use
cannabis products.
House Bill 1263, which reduces criminal penalties
for certain marijuana-related offenses.
The Governor also signed separate legislation,
Proposed Action Approved
Cannabis Headlines
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adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, can-
nabis, mostly cannabidiol (CBD), has been asso-
ciated with a marked and statistically significant
improvement in serious disruptive behavior.¡±
*** Malaysia¡¯s health minister said the govern-
ment will decriminalize drugs by the end of its first
term.
*** Thailand¡¯s cabinet approved removing mari-
juana from the nation¡¯s narcotics list.
*** Mexican President Andr¨¦s Manuel L¨®pez Obra-
dor said the government is forming a commission
to study marijuana issues and make recommenda-
tions on legalization legislation ahead of an April
30 Supreme Court deadline to end prohibition.
*** The Cherokee Nation, the largest Native
American tribe, is assembling a working group
to study the benefits of legalizing marijuana and
hemp on commerce, health care and agriculture.
*** The Oglala Sioux Tribe, located in South Da-
kota will vote on marijuana legalization and medi-
cal cannabis referendums on March 10
*** Utah regulators said the state¡¯s medical can-
nabis program will launch on time in March but
that it will start small.
*** Vermont¡¯s attorney general spoke about the
need to legalize marijuana sales.
*** The Kansas Highway Patrol is facing a federal
lawsuit for allegedly unlawfully targeting drivers
based on out-of-state license plates or Colorado
travel plans due to Colorado¡¯s marijuana legaliza-
tion law.
*** Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that
marijuana and beer companies are partnering on
an energy efficiency plan where carbon is captured
in the brewing process and then used to grow can-
nabis plants.
House Bill 1028 and Senate Bill 13, expanding
medical cannabis access.
2019 Vetoed Legislation: None
Comments
Before his election as Governor, Jared Polis was
an outspoken advocate for marijuana legaliza-
tion while serving as a member of Congress
and sponsored several bills to amend federal
cannabis laws. As Governor, he has repeatedly
called on federal officials not to interfere in
states that have legalized marijuana access.
¡°The cannabis industry in Colorado is thriving.
The state has reached $1 billion in marijuana
tax revenue.¡±
Jared posted to his Facebook page, ¡°I¡¯ve said it
before and I¡¯ll say it again, The cannabis indus-
try in Colorado is thriving! We must continue to
lead the way. We want Colorado to be the best
state for reducing underage use and for invest-
ment, innovation and development for this
growing economic sector. I¡¯m honored to be
one of nine governor¡¯s recognized with an ¡®A¡¯ in
cannabis policy by NORML.¡±
NORML is pleased to announce the release of our
2020 Gubernatorial Scorecard. This extensive
database assigns a letter grade ¡®A¡¯ through ¡®F¡¯ to
states¡¯ governors based upon their comments and
voting records in 2019 specific to matters of mari-
juana policy.
Public opinion in support of marijuana law reform,
including adult-use legalization, is at an all-time
high.
Nonetheless, few federal lawmakers are espousing
views on cannabis policy that comport with those
of the majority of their constituents. As a result,
most legislative activity specific to marijuana
policy takes place at the state level. America¡¯s
governors are our nation¡¯s most powerful state-
elected officials and they often play a key role in
this ongoing legislative debate.
Here is where each of them stands on issues sur-
rounding cannabis policy.
Governors Graded