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Tag: Decriminalization

Editorial: Justice Department Wrong to Ignore Federal Pot Laws

The Post-Journal
Editorial
 
Marijuana is illegal under federal law. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to interfere in any way with two states where recreational use of the drug has become permissible.

Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana last fall. Many states allow its use for medicinal purposes, but the two western states in essence allow anyone who wants to get high to buy the drug.

Proponents of legalizing marijuana for recreational use were delighted by Holder’s decision. “The message to the people of the other 48 states … is clear: Seize the day,” exulted Neill Franklin, of one pro-legalization group.

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Over Federal Objections, Maryland Senate Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Maryland Senate approved decriminalizing of possession of small amounts of marijuana over the objections of federal law enforcement Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Maryland joins other states and cities across the country decriminalizing pot. Colorado and Washington, for instance, have legalized marijuana.

Unlike like full legalization in those states, Maryland makes it a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of small amounts of pot, the Post repots.

Federal authorities have been debating how do deal with marijuana laws that conflict with federal law.

Justice Department Will Ignore Today’s Decriminalization of Pot in Washington State

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Washington state residents who smoke pot today in celebration of the first day of marijuana decriminalization better be on the watch for federal authorities, the Justice Department said Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

“Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on Dec. 6 in Washington state, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law,” said a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle on Wednesday evening.

Washington and Colorado voters approved decriminalization measures in November, but they conflict with federal law, which prohibits the use of marijuana.

Colorado’s law is expected to go into effect in a few weeks.