AUG. 29, 2013 - JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT CHALLENGE STATE MARIJUANA LAWS
“Today [Aug. 29, 2013], the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy in light of recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under state law, the possession of small amounts of marijuana and provide for the regulation of marijuana production, processing, and sale…
The federal government has traditionally relied on state and local authorizes to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws. This guidance continues that policy.
For states such as Colorado and Washington that have enacted laws to authorize the production, distribution and possession of marijuana… [b]ased on assurances that those states will impose an appropriately strict regulatory system, the Department has informed the governors of both states that it is deferring its right to challenge their legalization laws at this time.”
US Department of Justice (DOJ) “Justice Department Announces Update to Marijuana Enforcement Policy,” www.justice.gov, Aug. 29, 2013