Published on Dec 13, 2013
Feds Obama Say OK to Marijuana Use and Laws WEED law enforcement loosened for Cannabis Drug Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect
The federal government said Thursday that it won't sue to stop the states of Colorado and Washington from allowing recreational marijuana use.
In a sweeping policy announcement, the Justice Department outlined eight top priority areas for its enforcement of marijuana laws.
They range from preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors to preventing sales revenue from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels and preventing the diversion of marijuana outside of states where it is legal under state law.
Other top-priority enforcement areas include preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover for trafficking other illegal drugs and preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana. The top areas also include preventing drugged driving, preventing growing marijuana on public land and preventing marijuana possession on federal property.
The announcement follows the first-in-the-nation legalization of recreational marijuana use by the states of Colorado and Washington.
Seattle mayor Mike McGinn cheered the news.
"Washington voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of marijuana last year, a policy that I fully support," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "Since then, we have wondered what the course of action would be for federal officials, for whom marijuana remains an illegal substance. Today, I applaud US Attorney-General Holder's announcement that he will not interfere with the will of Washington voters. Seattle public safety officials, residents and entrepreneurs can now proceed with confidence that the will of the voters has prevailed in Washington."
Interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel said he was pleased the government provided clarity about the future of Washington's marijuana law.
"Our department will continue our mission of public safety, harm reduction, and public education encouraging safe and lawful behavior with regards to the guidelines for marijuana established by Washington voters," he said.
Last December, President Barack Obama said it does not make sense for the federal government to go after recreational drug users in a state that has legalized recreational use of small amounts of marijuana.
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