Feds Won't Go After Pot Smokers in Colorado & Washington (Texas Still Draconian)
The Department of Justice is not going to move to undo new Colorado and Washington laws legalizing marijuana.
The Washington Post reports:
The Department also, per Reilly and Grim's report, sent a three page memo to governors of all states outlining federal priorities for enforcing marijuana laws. This included "the distribution of marijuana to minors" and "drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use.Regulating recreational use of marijuana is not on that list.
Justice's decision comes at a time when public support for marijuana is at - excuse the pun - an all time high. Gallup's most recent poll showed that 48 percent of Americans think marijuana ought to be legalized, up from 34 percent about a decade ago.
Meanwhile, in Texas, pot remains illegal (except for certain parts of Austin). In 2010, Texas arrested over 74,000 people for marijuana possession the second-highest total in the U.S. According to the ACLU report linked to above, Harris County ranked 5th highest among major urban counties in the country, with almost half (44.9 percent) of those arrested being black.
And so it goes.
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