Federal Government Won’t Block Colorado Marijuana Legalization

Submission Date: August 29, 2013
Attributing Author: John Ingold
Source: The Denver Post

In a decision with historic implications, the federal government announced Thursday that it will not stand in the way of marijuana legalization in Colorado or Washington state.

But it will be watching closely.

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole wrote in a memo sent Thursday to federal prosecutors that it will not be a priority to block landmark marijuana-legalization laws in the two states. The federal government also will not make it a priority to close down recreational marijuana stores, so long as the stores abide by state regulations, according to the memo.

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