Justice Dept. Says is Won't Challenge State Marijuana Laws
Legalizing marijuana has been a hot topic across the country but especially here in Washington and now it looks like the federal government is backing off.
The Justice Department said it won't try to block laws that legalize pot in Colorado and Washington state, at least for now.
Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement during a conference call to the state's governors, today.
Both states passed measures legalizing personal marijuana use last year.
A few local members of our community seem to be okay with the government's decision.
"I'm glad Washington state has legalized it, I'm a patient and I get to grow my plants now and I don't think anybody should mess with that," said Laura Andrae.
"I don't care either way," said Laurie McCutcheon. "I don't use it, but I don't want people walking around high because that scares me."
19 states and the District of Columbia allow some legal use of pot, including medicinal use.