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Drug Abuse Groups: DOJ Legal Pot Stance Wrong

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SEATTLE (AP) — A collection of drug abuse prevention groups is asking the Justice Department how it will know whether its acceptance of recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado affects public health.

The DOJ last week announced that it would not sue the states over their plans to tax and regulate pot sales for adults as long as they protect eight federal law enforcement priorities. Those include keeping marijuana away from kids and off the black market, and preventing drugged driving.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday, groups including Project Safe Approaches to Marijuana, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals say they believe the DOJ’s position is a mistake.

They say they want to know how the DOJ will measure the state’s success in meeting federal enforcement goals.

 

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