Feds Won't Block Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, but That Doesn't Help California

There were more than a few celebratory smoke-outs last fall after voters in Colorado and Washington legalized small amounts of cannabis for adults. But for almost a year, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and the general public were waiting for the other shoe to drop, namely, the federal Justice Department's lawsuit to overturn the end of marijuana prohibition, which is in direct conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act.

At last, it appears that will not happen. The Denver Post was the first to break the news that Attorney General Eric Holder won't intervene to block legalization. Instead, the Justice Department issued a new set of guidelines Thursday to federal prosecutors across the country.

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