Monday, February 25, 2013
“This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly,” said Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper just after last November’s election, in which the states of both Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational pot. Both states’ laws will allow state-licensed stores to sell to adults aged 21 and older, who can possess small quantities of marijuana for mostly non-public use — the big glaring problem, of course, being the marijuana is still a federal offense, creating quite the sticky wicket for how the Obama administration is going to play their enforcement on this one.
So how’s that “complicated process” going? Well, it’s going, reports BuzzFeed, but slowly. Gov. Hickenlooper says that he’s currently working with Obama’s DOJ to hammer out the kinks of just what the legal framework would look, options including:
Hickenlooper said Holder was in fact open to finding a federal framework under which Colorado could maintain the newly passed state law.