Government Clarifies Marijuana Stance

Don’t light up just yet. New initiatives legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington aren’t cool with the federal government, the U.S. Attorney’s Office clarified in a statement released Wednesday. Even though Washington’s law allowing the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 6, “Regardless of any changes in state law … growing, selling, or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.” The Department of Justice is still reviewing the legality of the marijuana initiatives that passed on Election Day.