The DOJ Says They Won’t Actively Prosecute Drug Violations in States with Legal Marijuana
In a surprising move on the part of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder will not enforce federal drug laws in states with legalized marijuana. Marijuana is currently legal in twenty states, but these states have been subject to intervention in the past from the DOJ. Holder now says his department is “reserving its right to file a preemption lawsuit at a later date, since the states’ regulation of marijuana is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.”
In a three-and-a-half page memo, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole outlined eight enforcement priorities that, for example, prevent the distribution of marijuana to minors and the use of marijuana to traffick other illegal drugs and activity.
You can read the entire memo here.
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