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Feds Loosen Marijuana Enforcement

2013-09-05

A 2009 and 20011 guidance memo to federal prosecutors with regard to marijuana enforcement has been updated to account for states that have legalized marijuana. The memo reads “Outside of these enforcement priorities, the federal government has traditionally relied on states and local law enforcement agencies to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws. For example, the Department of Justice has not historically devoted resources to prosecuting individuals whose conduct is limited to possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property.” Recent actions of the federal government could lead one to question the boundaries of that paragraph. Instead the DOJ asks the states to weigh each case against a set of criteria. The criteria includes common sense measures like preventing revenue from going to “criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels” as well as questionably Constitutional criteria like “Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors”. Several recent cases show this may be a decision better left to a doctor and parents.

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