Feds won’t challenge states with marijuana legalization

This is big news. And, I think it’s good news.

The Obama administration on Thursday said it will not stand in the way of Colorado, Washington and other states where voters have supported legalizing marijuana either for medical or recreational use, as long as those states maintain strict rules involving distribution of the drug.

In a memo sent Thursday to U.S. attorneys in all 50 states, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole detailed the administration’s new stance, even as he reiterated that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The memo directs federal prosecutors to focus their resources on eight specific areas of enforcement, rather than targeting individual marijuana users, which even President Obama has acknowledged is not the best use of federal manpower. Those areas include preventing distribution of marijuana to minors, preventing the sale of pot to cartels and gangs, preventing sales to other states where the drug remains illegal under state law, and stopping the growing of marijuana on public lands.

 

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3 responses to “Feds won’t challenge states with marijuana legalization

  1. I don’t see this as a bad thing. Many smoke without addiction problems. This effectively stops criminalizing the innocent weed smoker.

  2. Definitely a step in the right direction, for now. We will have to wait a few years to see how this legalisation movement ultimately affects society. My concern is that more temptation in the form of legal maijuana will be available to recovering addicts trying to stay clean.

    • Lucida

      “My concern is that more temptation in the form of legal marijuana will be available to recovering addicts trying to stay clean”

      I understand the concern because I would probably have the same initial reaction to news that OxyContin would now be available over-the-counter. But then I have to remember how many successfully recovering alcoholics walk right by the eight aisles of alcohol at most grocery stores every week without a second thought, or drive past the liquor store on every block on the way home from work.