Federal Government Chooses Not to Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Use
KREX News Room
Colorado The federal government announced Thursday that they will not sue the states of Colorado and Washington to stop the recreational use of marijuana for anyone under the age of 21.
The government will instead focus on preventing systematic violations in eight of the following areas:
- The distribution of marijuana to minors
- Money from going to gangs and cartels
- The diversion of marijuana to other states
- Using state laws as a pretext for using other drugs
- Violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
- Drugged driving
- The growth of marijuana on public land
- The use of marijuana on public property
Grand Valley elected officials said on Thursday this announcement will not impact future decisions regarding the recreational use and retail sale of marijuana.
In this upcoming September or October, the Fruita City Council will be voting on if they will enforce a temporary ban of the retail sale of marijuana until the official decision is put up to public vote in 2014.
Fruita leaders say the federal government's decision will have no impact on the City Council's vote.
However, Fruita's policy on the recreational use of marijuana will all depend on what the state government decides.
"Whatever the state statute is going to be with recreational personal use, that's how we are going to align ourselves as well," said City of Fruita Mayor Lori Buck.
Grand Junction officials also say this announcement will have no impact on the city from a policy making stand point.
Grand Junction City Council will continue a public hearing on the ban of recreational marijuana next Wednesday.