Justice Just Announced It Won't Block Legal Pot in Colorado or Washington (Yet)

By Mike Riggs

August 29, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Colorado and Washington today that the Justice Department will not prosecute recreational pot businesses in either state so long as they follow state laws and regulations, as well as abide by a new set of federal guidelines. The agreement marks the biggest shift in federal drug policy since the enactment of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. 

The Huffington Post reports that the Justice Department will prosecute retailers only under the following circumstances: 

While John Ingersold of the Denver Post reports that "the size or profitability of legal marijuana businesses will no longer be a factor in assessing whether they should be a target for prosecution," Ryan Grimm and Ryan J. Reilly of the HuffPo note that "the eight high-priority areas leave prosecutors bent on targeting marijuana businesses with a fair amount of leeway." 

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By Mike Riggs

August 29, 2013

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