A Colorado marijuana law has been effectively “backed” by the Obama administration and U.S. government this week, one that gives state rights more reign over the legality of marijuana, and in turn more power than they previously had. This pot-related memo comes at a time when more and more states throughout the nation begin to legalize marijuana in small amounts — both for medical reasons and just to get high, the CS Monitor reports this Friday, Aug. 30.
The Colorado marijuana law is just one, then, that has caused a definite conflict between federal laws and state laws on the identity of cannabis as an illegal drug, with Washington declaring that its own view of prohibition can overpower state authority regarding weed laws.
This Thursday, however, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole released an official memo on the marijuana laws, Colorado included, providing states with more free reign. The memo may not have received much fanfare, but in a nutshell, it alleged that it will leave individual marijuana use and regulation under state control, both medicinally and recreationally.
The Obama administration will not interfere that as long as U.S. states continue to “implement strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems,” the federal government will not go after pot use deemed legal under state law,” concluded the memo.
A total of 18 states, including the District of Columbia, have legalized medical marijuana so far. This 2013, Washington State and Colorado voters also made national headlines after decided to approve the use of pot in terms of simply recreation, while the announcement this Thursday seems to point to the idea that other state laws may follow suit before long.
What’s your take on the Colorado marijuana law story? Do you agree with the Obama administration to not interfere with state-regulated pot legalities?