By Michael Komorn,
Attorney General Eric Holder informed the Governor’s of Washington and Colorado that the Justice Department will not interfere with the states’ laws which permit the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. This is a huge win for marijuana activists, and big step away from the War on Drugs.
The AG sent a memo to the country’s 94 Attorney Generals which outlined what types of activities will still be targeted by the DOJ, highlighting 8 major points that the DOJ still aims to prevent. The 8 points are:
These 8 points are still quite broad, and prosecutors across the country could interpret many of them in ways that would favor their decision to prosecute. However, they will no longer be able to use sheer-volume of sales as the sole justification for charging and individual or entity with a marijuana crime.
Though the Obama Administration had said on numerous occasions that federal agents would not interfere with states’ where marijuana use is legal to some capacity, US Attorneys have ignored this call for tolerance and gone ahead with prosecutions of marijuana growers and users, regardless of the directives from Washington.
Now that the Attorney General has come out and said that the Federal Government will not interfere with the laws passed in Colorado and Washington, the Governors, and people, of those states can finally exhale knowing that a Federal Lawsuit will not be coming their way.