In a joint statement being released today, 8 former DEA chiefs are urging President Obama to sue Colorado and Washington to overturn their recent initiatives to legalize the retail sale of cannabis to adults.
In the statement, which was received early by the Associated Press, the group says that the longer they wait, the harder it’ll be for the government to stop these measures. They say that not acting swiftly could create “a domino effect” in which other states will follow.
As a spokesman for the group, former DEA chief Peter Bensinger told the Associated Press it’s “outrageous that a lawsuit hasn’t been filed in federal court yet.”
Both Colorado and Washington are in the process of creating regulations for cannabis retail outlets. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has recently stated that the government’s decision will come “soon” on how they plan to react.