Substance Abuse

Colorado and Washington Vote for Recreational Marijuana Use; But Federal Government Says It’s Ready to Fight Them

Voters from Colorado and Washington approved on Tuesday measures that would allow marijuana use for recreational purposes. But while the move signals victory for pot backers, the federal government won’t seem to take the residents’ decision without doing anything, the Reuters reports.

“This is a symbolic victory for (legalization) advocates, but it will be short-lived,” Kevin Sabet, a former adviser to the Obama administration’s drug czar, told reporters. “They are facing an uphill battle with implementing this, in the face of … presidential opposition and in the face of federal enforcement opposition.”

The U.S. drug control officials said on Wednesday that the federal government could sue to block parts of the measures or send threatening letters to marijuana shops. These efforts could be followed up by street-level clampdowns similar to those efforts targeting medical marijuana dispensaries which the government suspects are fronts for drug traffickers.

The U.S. Department of Justice did not provide comments about their stand if the law pass, but says they are reviewing the ballot initiatives.

Sabet added he expected the Obama administration to file a federal lawsuit that would challenge or seek to block aspects of the legalization measures, and that the issue “is going to be caught up in the courts for quite a while.”

Marijuana proponents, on the other hand, agree it’s about time pot is made legal but they already expecting the legalization to face some legal disputes in the coming days.

In Massachusetts, voters approved the law that would legalize medical marijuana for people with cancer, hepatitis C, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.



  1. Izze Riane

    Wow. What is the big deal? It's been proven that marijuana is beneficial to people. More then just dealing with pain or helping them eat. Cannabis is a wonderful herb. And it's effects to your physical actions are minimal. I find it disgusting when someone can be sitting there drinking a beer after coming home from work putting weed smokers in jail. Alcohol is an awful thing and you're going to keep marijuana illegal? After the people are saying they know the truth about it? After they VOTE and decide for themselves as a community?
    This is the America we live in. They say we have a voice and then they take it away because of what THEY think. I keep updated on the TRUTH about marijuana. It's beautiful what it can do for you mentally and physically. Use it for meditation, creativity, insomnia, pain, headaches, nausea, bulimia, depression, and so much more.
    What's wrong with people wanting to reap these benefits? If you don't like it, DON'T SMOKE IT, INGEST IT, or BUY IT. But don't let your beliefs effect other peoples lives. Grow up. Let people live the way they want to live. It's only a plant.
    I hope those states fight back and I hope more states make recreational adult use legal. Adults should be able to make their own decisions.
    Make America about freedom for real. It's a new time. It's the people's time. There is more of us then them. We need to stand up and fight for ourselves.

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