State vs. Feds Update: Justice Department Won’t Fight State Marijuana Legalization

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHThe legalization of marijuana has recently become been a hotly debated topic around the nation. Central to the debate is the right of each state to choose how it regulates use of the drug. With Washington and Colorado already allowing both medical and recreational use by adults, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been under pressure to rule on the issue on a federal level.

In response, the Justice Department has introduced a new directive with new guidelines. The new directive permits Colorado and Washington, along with 20 states that have approved marijuana for medical use, to abide by their own rules, as long as states laws don’t conflict with the DOJ’s new guidelines. Some guidelines of the new directive cover topics such as:

  • The use of marijuana by minors
  • Driving under the influence of marijuana
  • Using the drug on federal property
  • Using revenue from marijuana to fund criminal activities

The federal government would only intervene at the state level if the new guidelines were not observed.

As expected, this directive is stirring up controversy, especially among those who are already against the legalization of marijuana. Those who are opposed to it believe the Justice Department is overstepping its authority. Supporters of the directive believe that it will allow federal authorities to focus more on the crime and violence currently associated with the drug trade. Regardless of the legal status of marijuana in the United States, for some people, using the drug for any reason will continue to be a problem.

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