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Report: Obama administration considering lawsuits, prosecutions to halt pot legalization

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 7, 2012 at 7:38 am with No Comments »
December 7, 2012 8:16 am

That’s the word today from the New York Times, which says federal officials have been mulling their options in “high-level meetings” but no decision is “imminent.”

One option is to sue the states on the grounds that any effort to regulate marijuana is pre-empted by federal law. Should the Justice Department prevail, it would raise the possibility of striking down the entire initiatives on the theory that voters would not have approved legalizing the drug without tight regulations and licensing similar to controls on hard alcohol.


One option is for federal prosecutors to bring some cases against low-level marijuana users of the sort they until now have rarely bothered with, waiting for a defendant to make a motion to dismiss the case because the drug is now legal in that state. The department could then obtain a court ruling that federal law trumps the state one.

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Law enforcement in the South Sound didn’t make changes as Initiative 502 took effect in Washington, Rob Carson reports. A bar owner in Olympia has come up with a creative business model to take advantage of the law, Jeremy Pawloski reports.

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