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Rep. Jonathan Singer of Longmont is a major go-to lawmaker on cannabis. Polis’ attention to legal cannabis began in Congress, as a founding member of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Polis has also sponsored measures on cannabis, such as one that would regulate marijuana like alcohol, similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64.
Polis’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign included a full-time organizer devoted to the cannabis industry. The industry responded in kind, hosting fundraisers for Polis, such as one in July 2017 that drew a Who’s Who of 250 cannabis industry leaders.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signs foster care fixes into law in Greeley
The other bill that became law Friday, Senate Bill 254, makes a variety of changes to child welfare law, and Young said that bill may take longer to have an impact. Still, he said it's a step toward focusing on people, and making Colorado's systems work for people instead of the other way around.
For Young's co-sponsor on House Bill 1319, Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, the bill was all about the kids, which is why he held his young daughter in his arms while delivering remarks before Hickenlooper put pen to paper.
"This isn't a bill about giving kids a second chance; these kids never got a first chance," Singer said.
Legislature Passes Opioid Bill Package Supporters Say 'Will Literally Be Saving Lives'
A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers drafted the bills last November to address Colorado's growing opioid epidemic. The bills look at the issue from many sides, including increasing access to behavioral health care providers and medication-assisted treatment, limiting pain pill prescriptions limits and changing how insurance and Medicaid handle opioid dependence medications.
"We have a very strong package of bills that will literally be saving lives and at the end of the day,
that's what this is about," said Democratic Rep. Jonathan Singer of Longmont, one of 10 lawmakers on the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee.