Obama Administration: U.S. Won’t Sue to Overturn Cannabis Legalization in Colorado and Washington

Today the Obama Administration – through a memo sent to prosecutors across the nation, and a phone call made to governors in Colorado and Washingtonamerica – made an official statement announcing that they won’t being suing to overturn recently-approved recreational legalization measures in Colorado and Washington, nor will they sue to overturn state medical cannabis laws, so long as they don’t run afoul of certain enforcement priorities, such as preventing sales to minors.

This announcement comes just days after Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that his committee would be holding a historic hearing to discuss state and federal cannabis laws on September 10th; Leah wants to the federal government to respect state marijuana laws, stating; “It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of marijuana in states that have made such consumption legal”, he continues, “I believe that these state laws should be respected.”

Although nothing is set in stone with this new announcement, and advocates must continue to work towards a federal law change, this shift from the Obama Administration is historic, and will pave the way for legal cannabis across the nation and world.

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    • Ras Untunga on August 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm
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    Jah love to all who love this Kaya herb.
    I Live in Washington State and this is what I will say : Marijuana (Herb) is a plant that was created by the almighty High Himself and was here from creation iver no matter how long that was and always will remain a plant that naturally will always be free, for it has it own seeds it was generating all these years to now. Man just have to use it for what it is for;The healing of the Nations according to Revelation.
    “Yemasgan Amlak Yekuno Amlak” Ras Tafari live
    Ras Tafari Children been saying this plant is great for the service of man according to even the Scriptures for a very long iver now, so is nothing new to I and I to know the irieness of this mystic plant. Nothing new at all. Ras Untungai

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