Now that marijuana is legal in some states – http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/24714450-418/long-lines-of-buyers-as-recreational-pot-industry-opens-in-colorado.html, what will be the criminal law effects of legalization?
Many people are waiting to see what the outcome will be of experimenting legalization in some states. Activist hope that it will prove to be a better substitute for the “war on drugs” in America.
Many questions regarding marijuana legalization in Colorado can be answered here – http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_24823785/colorado-marijuana-guide-64-answers-commonly-asked-questions#! . According to the article, top federal priorities are (please see below).
The eight federal priorities are:
• Preventing marijuana distribution to minors;
• Preventing money from sales from going to criminal groups;
• Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to states where it is illegal;
• Preventing criminal groups from using state laws as cover for trafficking of other illegal drugs;
• Preventing violence and the use of illegal firearms;
• Preventing drugged driving and marijuana-related public health problems;
• Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands;
• Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.
It will probably take several months or years before we fully understand the effects of legalizing marijuana in some states in America.