Colorado Marijuana Law: Feds Won’t Block It!

    August 29, 2013
    Bennett Rieser
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A Colorado CBS local affiliate reported that the Obama administration has announced that it will not sue states like Washington and Colorado for violating federal law, although it “reserves the right” to sue them later if it wants.

The Denver Post cites an official memo that was sent out. You can read the memo for yourself here, but it essentially represented a declaration from Attorney General Eric Holder’s office that closing down recreational or medicinal marijuana dispensaries would not be a priority if the dispensaries followed the new rules outlined in the memo. Getting high should now be nice and simple, right?

Not exactly. The states that have legalized must comply with a new series of rules regarding marijuana’s regulation. The memorandum sent out included eight official guidelines, which were:
• preventing marijuana distribution to minors,
• preventing money from sales from going to criminal groups,
• preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to states where it is illegal,
• preventing criminal groups from using state laws as cover for trafficking of other illegal drugs,
• preventing violence and the use of illegal firearms,
• preventing drugged driving,
• preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands,
• and preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.

Prosecutors have said that they won’t target pot smokers or legal pot businesses, but the kids just cannot be allowed anywhere near the stuff, and criminal gangs are not to be involved at any level of the process.

Thankfully, none of the official concerns are outside of the realm of expectations held by Colorado voters. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said “today’s announcement shows the federal government is respecting the will of Colorado voters… we share with the federal government its priorities going forward.” Hickenlooper had spoken with Attorney General Holder and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in a phone conversation around noon today that cleared the smoky air regarding the federal government’s intervention in marijuana legislation.

The memorandum is hardly indicative of President Obama’s firm federal support for the measure, but Kevin Sabet, formerly with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said it best when he quipped that “This is not the end of the story… this is the beginning, [but] this is not a free pass for states. I think they [Colorado and Washington] are going to have to be very careful in setting up their regimes.”

[Image via a Reason TV Youtube about Colorado’s marijuana legalization]
  • David

    Its been a long time coming the US is way behind the rest of the world. You can have it on your salad in Holland. Look at Amsterdam. kids need to be educated about it. I don’t consider it a gate way drug. But kids can be led astray through wrong or bad influences

  • Jason

    Bennett, why don’t you not get high long enough to take a headshot where you don’t have your eyes clothes. A time and a place my friend…..

    • Bennett Rieser

      That headshot was taken outside in the blazing summer sun. Unless I took the photo wearing sunglasses, which I was not interested in doing, each photo taken caused me to look more wasted than the last. Regardless of which one I chose, somebody was bound to say I looked stoned at some point.

      Thankfully, a single photo is hardly an indicator of one’s sobriety. Grammar, however, can be a wonderful indicator. I would encourage you to check yours before you diss my headshot. Otherwise, you might try having two or three less shots before happy hour.

    • brian

      I thought the same thing. Funny he said the photo was taken outside when he is clearly in front of a computer or something like it. You were showing off and being stoned or acting it. Why write a 2 paragraph response if it was no big deal?

  • brian

    *Also he was making a statement not asking you a question so the grammar statement is just as pointless…..