Battle anticipated after marijuana legalization victory

11/12/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

U.S. – Colorado and Washington state became the first U.S. states to pass voter approved legislation that legalizes recreationally used marijuana, but some suggest the recent victories may not be long-term. As reported by Reuters, the federal government could block portions of the measures or other acts in opposition to the laws.

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

Marijuana is noted to be regarded by the U.S. Department of Justice as an illegal drug that users are subject to abuse.

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