Government Won't Block Colorado MJ Legalization
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Government Won't Block Colorado MJ Legalization
Posted by CN Staff on August 29, 2013 at 12:13:04 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Washington, D.C. -- The federal government, at least initially, will not stand in the way of marijuana legalization in Colorado or Washington.In a memo sent out Thursday to federal prosecutors, the Department of Justice said it will not make it a priority to block marijuana-legalization laws in Colorado or Washington or close down recreational marijuana stores, so long as the stores abide by state regulations.
The guidance  which was sent to prosecutors in all 50 states and applies to medical marijuana businesses in addition to Colorado and Washington's forthcoming recreational marijuana businesses  is a significant rewrite of the federal approach to marijuana in states that have loosened laws around cannabis. The guidance says prosecutors should not make it a priority to target marijuana users or marijuana business  either medical or recreational  so long as they are in compliance with state laws and not violating eight key federal priorities."The Department's guidance in this memorandum rests on its expectation that states and local governments that have enacted laws authorizing marijuana-related conduct will implement strong and effective regulatory enforcement systems that will address the threat those state laws could pose to public safety, public health, and other law enforcement interests," the guidance said.Colorado marijuana advocate Mason Tvert welcomed the new guidelines.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: August 29, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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