The U.S. government will not sue the states of Colorado or Washington to block state laws allowing the recreational use of marijuana.
The Associated Press reported on Aug. 29 that the Justice Department issued a national policy announcement that identified eight priorities for the enforcement of marijuana laws. Priorities include: preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors, preventing sales revenue from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels and preventing the diversion of marijuana outside of states where it is legal under state law.
In December, about a month after voters in Washington and Colorado backed marijuana measures, the president said it didn't make sense for the federal government to go after marijuana users in states that had legalized the recreational use of small amounts of pot.
The Justice Department also will not intervene in the sales of medical marijuana in the states with laws allowing its use, as long as there's no conflict with the eight enforcement priorities.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia allow the use of medical marijuana.