In 2013 the Department of Justice released what has become known as “the Cole Memo.” This memo essentially sanctified the sale of recreational marijuana within Colorado and Washington. The Executive Branch took the stance that as long as the marijuana industry followed state regulations, national resources would not be utilized to enforce Federal law contained in the Controlled Substances Act. The Cole Memo goes on to outline eight exceptions to this non-enforcement directive. Despite DOJs insistence that certain conduct will not be tolerated, Smart Colorado has evidence that violations are happening frequently in Colorado, particularly marijuana getting into the hands of children.
DOJ’s Eight New Federal Enforcement Priorities
The DOJ will still prosecute individuals or entities to prevent: