As Rachel Weiner reports for the Washington Post, President Barack Obama
has said that he won’t make it a “top priority” in his
administration to bust people for
marijuana possession in those states that have made the use of recreational marijuana legal.
“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said, as Weiner
quotes. “It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as
going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s
Those states are Colorado and Washington.
As for Maryland, it remains illegal to use marijuana for recreational purposes,
as it currently is in the majority of states. Although talk of decriminalizing
marijuana has been widespread among state lawmakers in Maryland, no significant
bills have been passed recently, and possession of marijuana continues
to be a crime in Maryland.
As for Colorado and Washington, Obama deferred to Congress and its authority
to make a change in federal law. One example, as Weiner reports, would
be changing the Controlled Substances Act to allow for possession of marijuana
up to an ounce for residents in states where possession is legal.
Apparently, Attorney General Eric Holder will soon state what the federal
policy will be in response to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.
Given Obama has said there are “bigger fish to fry,” it’s
likely that individual users in those states won’t have too much
to worry about when it comes to the feds – as long as they’re
smoking within the confines of state law.