Holder Gives Legal Pot Some Smoking Room

The Obama administration has said it will not sue to stop the states of Colorado and Washington from allowing recreational marijuana use.

Attorney general Eric Holder told the governors of both states on Thursday that the Justice Department would allow them to create systems for the regulation of marijuana sales. The department has reserved the right to file a lawsuit against the states at a later date.

Colorado and Washington passed amendments legalising marijuana in November last year. The votes made it legal for people over 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in each state, although there were some differences over the legality of growing cannabis plants.

In announcing that the government will allow Colorado and Washington to implement their marijuana laws the Justice Department introduced sweeping guidelines which outlined eight top priority areas where it said cannabis legislation must be enforced. The guidelines were issued to all US attorneys, recommending that they focus on prosecuting major cases.

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