Obama administration won't block state marijuana laws
August 29th, 2013
01:33 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama administration won't block state marijuana laws

(CNN) - The federal government won't try to block state laws in Colorado and Washington that legalized marijuana for recreational use, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday.

While federal law still makes the possession, production and sale of marijuana a crime, Holder's announcement means the Justice Department won't file lawsuits against state laws in Colorado and Washington that allow people to possess marijuana for personal use. Growing and selling marijuana remain illegal in those states.

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  1. kirk

    So, you can posses it, how are you supposed to achieve that without someone breaking the law?

    August 29, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. big e

    tax it ,let free interprise work..then tax it some more

    August 29, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. just saying

    just another example of this lawless administration picking and choosing what laws to enforce. they do not have that power. they have sworn to uphold the laws of this nation. if the laws need to be changed, that is the job of the house and the senate. obama and holder are the two most dangerous people in this country.

    August 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    after reading this article, the government shouldn't interfere with not only private citizens, but they should not interfere with the states, and should let the states deal with it. The Federal gov't is nibbing too much into our lives, as it is. As an Independent Business person, if they come to work doped up, then they don't have a job the next day, period. If they cannot control their drinking and/or drug habits, and keep it at home, where it should be, then it's My Job, as an employer, to get rid of them, if they come to work intoxicated and / or drugged

    August 29, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    if the gov't taxed this, we wouldn't be 17 trillion in hawk. and I mean, really tax the heck out of it.

    August 29, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. TONE

    I will encourage the Administration to go further and fully legalize it. To heck with conservtives.

    August 29, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Smoke 'em if you grow 'em.

    August 29, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. jsmoulder

    Obama, and Holder want a place they can go smoke it.

    August 29, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. just saying

    Larry in Houston
    if the gov't taxed this, we wouldn't be 17 trillion in hawk. and I mean, really tax the heck out of it.
    ---–

    right.... so the price will be astronomically high for legal stuff. while all the illegal stuff still flows over the borders and sells for less and won't be taxed. but one thing is for sure, this might make the federal government fianlly secure the borders. if there is one thing they really hate it is somebody stealing their tax money.

    August 29, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    @just saying,

    "Thru have sworn to uphold the laws of this nation"

    So Federal law trumps state laws, eh? Interesting, coming from a conservative. Oh well, I suppose wild accusations are more satisfying than ideological consistency.

    August 29, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    It's 4:20 somewhere.

    August 29, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "just another example of this lawless administration"

    Nothing requires DOJ to file suit against CO or WA for this. The federal law enforcement agencies and employees under the control of the federal gov't can and will still enforce the federal laws on the subject. Moreover, the guidelines as to prioritizing enforcement efforts are a legitimate, legal and constitutional exercise of executive power and prosecutorial discretion. Your deliberate effort to confuse and conflate the issue really just an attempt to misrepresent what is going on in order to smear Obama. Lame.

    August 29, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    " while all the illegal stuff still flows over the borders"

    Yeah, just like all the huge, pervasive, widespread and uncontrollable problems we're having with illegal booze coming over the borders and everyone on the block having their own distillery in the basement.

    August 29, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. WOT

    If we taxed porn, weed, s.e.x workers (male and female) and all the other jail bates, we could pay China in one year! No more taking care of grown men and women for their mis givens of the law. Look at the money we would save.

    August 29, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. WOT

    Congress should make it legal all over the country and close some of the jails.

    August 29, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Legalize it already!

    August 29, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Sniffit (2:12 and 2:16)

    I so needed a good laugh today. And, as always you deliver!

    August 29, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Tampa Tim

    It now appears that right wingnuts want the federal government to trump states rights. Damn, they flip flop so much, that they make Mittens look like a wax figure. Wait . . .

    August 29, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. just saying

    Sniffit
    "just another example of this lawless administration"
    Nothing requires DOJ to file suit against CO or WA for this. The federal law enforcement agencies and employees under the control of the federal gov't can and will still enforce the federal laws on the subject. Moreover, the guidelines as to prioritizing enforcement efforts are a legitimate, legal and constitutional exercise of executive power and prosecutorial discretion. Your deliberate effort to confuse and conflate the issue really just an attempt to misrepresent what is going on in order to smear Obama. Lame.
    -–

    nothing requires the justice department to do their job and enforce the laws on the books? seriously? that is your contention? what ever happened to equal protection? equal protection can only come from equal enforcement.

    so when the federal government refuses to enforce the laws concerning drugs, just like they refuse to enforce our immigration laws, are they not liable for the consequences? should the victims of their malfeasance not be owed compensation for their negligence and selective law enforcement? people injured by illegal immigrants or drug dealers that the government refuses to jail should be allowed to seek damages in the multi-millions. only when this government is forced to pay dearly for its negligence and refusal to do its job, will it take its duties seriously.

    August 29, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Name

    When people are given the right to chose and are encouraged instead of arrested then the world will be a more productive place. Come from a place of love and get all the results you never dreamed possible. I agree with closing the jails that house pot offenders

    August 29, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. just saying

    Tampa Tim
    It now appears that right wingnuts want the federal government to trump states rights. Damn, they flip flop so much, that they make Mittens look like a wax figure. Wait . . .
    -–

    are you sure it isn't the leftists that all of a sudden are trumpeting states rights when it suits their needs? i'm sure you all will have no problem a states right to disregard all federal gun laws. right? hahahaha....

    August 29, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just saying
    just another example of this lawless administration picking and choosing what laws to enforce.

    I liked you better when you used "Ray E. (Georgia)" as your name.

    August 29, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. kirk

    Sayin, when was the last time a violent crime was committed over weed, grow up. Your not going to stop it, the cities can't afford to enforce these petty laws, severely outdated, and stigmatized for their convenience. When you have local authorities admitting that it is causing more harm than good, and consumes a lot if resources, in an ever shrinking supply of enforcement dollars, unfortunately you sometimes have to let the little stuff go. I can hear your blathering about the injustice now.I'm sure you know better than police forces do though huh.

    August 29, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Donna

    Our jails are not full of pot smokers. They hold drug pushers and sellers that sell dangerous deadly drugs to our children, some of whom die from the drugs. But I guess all you liberals are OK with that? Aren't you always saying we need to ban guns "just to save one life"? Well how many thousands die each year from these illegal drugs? Shouldn't the pushers really be charged with murder?

    August 29, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "nothing requires the justice department to do their job and enforce the laws on the books?"

    Just another example of you mischaracterizing what is being done and what is being said. Federal law enforcement forces, agencies and personnel will continue to enforce the federal laws, which is all the power and jurisdiction they have. Declining to sue CO and WA over their choice to change their state laws is not a failure to do so. You clearly don't really have a very firm understanding of the issue.

    August 29, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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