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DOJ to Allow Marijuana Legalization in Washington and Colorado

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    The Justice Department announced today that they will take a "trust but verify approach" to Washington and Colorado's new marijuana laws that were recently passed by the respective states. Attorney General Eric Holder will not sue the states, but told the Governor's in a joint telephone call that he reserves the right to sue at a later date.

    This is a huge win for the two states, but the fight to end prohibition is far from over. The Justice Departments directive to its district attorneys still gives them extreme leeway in pursuing "offenders" that commit "adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use." Regardless of the strict guidelines that the DOJ set forth, this is still a huge win for the two states, especially since they won't have to spend millions of dollars fighting the Justice Department in court.

    Thoughts on Attorney General Holder's directive today? Is it the first step in the drive towards ending the prohibition on marijuana or just a singular directive that shouldn't will only effect these two states?
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    jared,
    I think it's posturing. We'll do nothing now as we're watching. But, we reserve the right to change our minds.
    I saw on television a couple of nights ago.... that in 2015 the marijuana trade including the other products sold
    that are directly related will reach 15 billion dollars/year. I think that's such a huge number.... many are salivating at an
    untapped tax source.
    I remain a staunch supporter, as does the snack food industry.
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    TJ Wrote: jared,
    I think it's posturing. We'll do nothing now as we're watching. But, we reserve the right to change our minds.
    I saw on television a couple of nights ago.... that in 2015 the marijuana trade including the other products sold
    that are directly related will reach 15 billion dollars/year. I think that's such a huge number.... many are salivating at an
    untapped tax source.
    I remain a staunch supporter, as does the snack food industry.
    The Feds reserve the right to sue for one reason, as long as these states smoke their pot and not turn it into paper or close, they won't mess with them. But once you try to make paper or close with pot, look out for the feds. They could care less that the constitution is written on pot paper, as long as no one uses it again to write all is good.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    I agree that they are postering and showing that they can sue, if and when they want you. "We ultimately call the shots", they seem to be saying. But the fact that they aren't automatically fighting this is huge. It really is. This means that there is a true, legit chance for this prohibition to come to an end someday, sooner than later. And, WA and CO are primed to pave the way and make it happen. This is big news; I thought it could go either way a few months back.
  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    Don' believe a word Washington says about what it won't do. I spent 10 years , 4 months in federal prison. I saw the first wave of growers get well over 15 years to 25 years out of California. Marijuana is illegal at the federal level. Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug. It is used to sentence all drug offenders by weight. See United States Sentencing Guidelines....drug Table.
    Marijuana growers are the new "boogie man" to the feds.

    I'm from Los Angeles California....thee most liberal city and state in the U.S.
    Angelinos have been smoking pot and getting caught since the 60's and have only been issued 75 dollar citations....If you have any good sense in you ,,,,,,,,and live in Colorado......GET A JOB.

    Eric Holder will only be Attorney Gen. for the next 3 years. And then what? There's a 5 year statute of limitations for indictment. On going drug conspiracies have no statute of limitations unless 2 situations are met. (1) you would have to contact the DOJ and inform that you have been a member of a drug conspiracy are exiting that conspiracy....the five year statute begins at that moment...OR....(2) Your co-conspirators would have to acknowledge that there was a severance from the conspiracy five years earlier......Any grower in the US that truly believes that our government will allow you to dispense marijuana legally for a profit...... very misinformed, and in need of legal council