Feds won’t challenge pot laws in Washington, Colorado

washingtonThe federal government will not try to block recreational marijuana legalization laws in Washington state or Colorado.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered his decision on a potential legal challenge Thursday in a phone call with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

In its own news release, the U.S. Department of Justice announced “an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy” to focus on eight concerns, including preventing marijuana from spreading beyond states where it is legalized.

The DOJ also hopes to prevent the distribution to minors, violence related to distribution, drugged driving, revenue going to criminal enterprises, the use of marijuana as a cover for other illegal activities, pot growth on public lands, and use on federal property.

The DOJ says it will rely on local law enforcement agencies to enforce their own marijuana laws, but will be ready to “aggressively” step in if states do not adopt an effective and strict regulatory scheme.

Washington’s law was enacted by voters through Initiative 502 last November.  (Seattle Times)

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