REPORT: Feds Won’t Sue To Stop Marijuana Use In Washington, Colorado

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(photo credit: Rachel Ayres/CBS Seattle)

(photo credit: Rachel Ayres/CBS Seattle)

(CBS Seattle / AP) – The federal government says it will not sue to stop the states of Washington and Colorado from allowing recreational marijuana use, according to the Associated Press.

Justice Department has outlined eight top priority areas for its enforcement of marijuana laws ranging from the prevention of distribution to minors to the prevention of sales revenue going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels.

The Justice Department is also going to ensure marijuana in Washington and Colorado do not enter any of the other 48 states.

The announcement follows comments in December by President Barack Obama, who said it does not make sense for the federal government to go after recreational drug users in a state that has legalized recreational use of small amounts of marijuana.

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