“Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect”


WASHINGTON — The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.

A Justice Department official said that Holder told the governors in a joint phone call early Thursday afternoon that the department would take a “trust but verify approach” to the state laws. DOJ is reserving its right to file a preemption lawsuit at a later date, since the states’ regulation of marijuana is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.


English: A photo of former Deputy Attorney Gen...
English: A photo of former Deputy Attorney General (1997-2001) and Acting Attorney General (2001) . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)