WASHINGTON, D.C. – US Attorney
General Eric Holder says the Obama administration still hasn't decided on how
the federal government will respond to the new legal-marijuana laws passed by
voters in Washington and Colorado.
Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The attorney general
reiterated that a policy decision will be announced "relatively
soon." He also says he's had good conversations with elected leaders from
Washington and Colorado.
Under Initiative 502, Washington
State will regulate licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores.
But marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and state laws can be struck
down if the "frustrate the purpose" of federal law.
The Justice Department could sue the states in an attempt to block the
licensing schemes from taking effect.