Colorado, Washington, and Oregon all have the potential to fully legalize the use and possession of marijuana this November. However, the Federal Government has now made it clear that their actions and priorities will remain the same, whether a state votes to legalize marijuana or not.
In an interview with CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ that will air next week, Deputy Attorney General James Cole addressed the possibility that marijuana could be legalized in Colorado this year. He stated, “We’re going to take a look at whether or not there are dangers to the community from the sale of marijuana and we’re going to go after those dangers.” He added that his office’s stance on marijuana would be “the same as it’s always been” even if legalization is approved in any of the three states.
Prior to this interview, the Obama administration had remained silent about the marijuana legalization efforts, leaving many wondering what impact legalization would actually have in the states.
Some marijuana legalization advocates are writing off Cole’s statements, believing that he is just attempting to discourage the public from voting in favor of the referendums.