Jacob Sullum Explains Why the Feds Decided to Live With Marijuana Legalization


Senate Judiciary Committee

Last month, 296 days after voters in Colorado and Washington decided to legalize marijuana, the U.S. Justice Department responded with a memo that leans toward accommodation rather than confrontation. Last week, writes Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, the author of that memo, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, explained why the feds decided to live with legalization: They had no viable way to stop it.