DOJ Won’t Sue Colorado, Washington Over Marijuana Legalization Laws

|
August 29, 2013 9:47 a.m.

The aide said the DOJ has spoken to the state’s two governors and has received reassurances that state enforcement of the laws will not infringe on a series of a new federal priorities the Department is set to release.

“The Attorney General has called the two governors of those states today and told them … it’s up to them to make sure they’re able to regulate their marijuana policies significantly to make sure it doesn’t infringe on our enforcement priorities,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Based on assurances from the two governors that the laws will not infringe on them, the DOJ is not going to seek to challenge those two laws.”

The DOJ will reserve the right to challenge the laws in the future if they run afoul of the new federal priorities.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole sent a memo to U.S. attorneys outlining the new marijuana policy and enforcement priorities, which can be read in full below.

DOJ Marijuana Memo

Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Audience Development Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: