Recreational pot smokers in Colorado and Washington won’t have to worry about federal agents interrupting their buzz.
On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it would not contest laws legalizing limited marijuana use passed by voters in the two states last year. Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly warned the governors of Colorado and Washington that the federal government could reverse that decision if the states failed to impose proper regulations governing pot sales, the Wall Street Journal notes.
The DOJ’s decision is likely to give a boost of legalization proponents in other states.
Anti-drug crusaders slammed the administration’s decision. The executive director of the Drug Free American Foundation described it as a “tsunami in the works,” while a pro-legalization advocate expressed surprise at the lack of resistance from the DOJ.
Marijuana sellers could receive licenses to legally sell pot in Washington by December, with Colorado granting licenses at the beginning of next year. Marijuana sellers in the two states will not face the prospect of federal prosecution if they comply with state laws.
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