Posted on August 30, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
New Justice Department guidance gives Colorado some breathing room
A marijuana plant growing on national forest land near Winter Park ski area.
By Bob Berwyn
*More Summit Voice coverage of marijuana laws is here
FRISCO — The U.S. Department of Justice will continue to walk a tightrope between federal and state drug laws, leaving some room for Colorado to administer legal use of marijuana, while reserving the right to prosecute violations of federal law.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Washington Governor Jay Inslee to discuss the new federal position on state marijuana laws, following up with a letter that says in part, “As we discussed, while the Department will not at this time seek to challenge your state’s law, we will neverthess continue to enforce the Controlled Substances Act in your state.” Continue reading
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Posted on November 11, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Is Colorado headed for a cannabis clash with the feds? Bob Berwyn photo.
Passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado sets up potential showdown
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY —Even in the face of federal uncertainty, local officials say Colorado’s effective — if somewhat cumbersome — regulation of medical marijuana can serve as a guide for controlling the cultivation and retailing of marijuana for personal use, legalized by state voters in last week’s election.
Amendment 64 legalizes the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana as soon as the election results are certified by Gov. John Hickenlooper, at the latest by Dec. 6. Possession and cultivation of up to six plants will also be legal. Continue reading
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