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DOJ Task Force: Maintain 'Hands Off' Approach To States' Marijuana Laws

Thursday, 10 August 2017

States' Marijuana Laws

Washington, DC: A special Justice Department committee tasked with reviewing existing marijuana enforcement policies and making recommendations has failed to offer support for a federally led crackdown in legal marijuana states, according to documents obtained last week by the Associated Press.

The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group consisting of federal prosecutors and members of law enforcement, did not call for changes in existing policy. Since 2013, the Justice Department has directed US attorneys in all 50 states not to interfere with state legalization efforts and those licensed to engage in the plant's production and sale, provided that such persons do not engage in marijuana sales to minors or divert the product to states that have not legalized its use, among other guidelines.

The Justice Department and US Attorney General are not legally bound by the task force's recommendations, which they have yet to release publicly.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.