Wednesday was the first full day of legal pot in the state and the concerns and questions keep pouring in. Is additional federal legislation necessary or appropriate here? How will we work out discrepancies between state and federal law?
The fact is marijuana is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.
The Department of Justice is reviewing the initiative both in Colorado and Washington State, saying the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged and marijuana is a controlled substance.
But which is more important?...The federal government stepping in or voter voices being heard? We asked you.
Priscilla Mangnall, says, “The people are having their say and the federal government is probably going to have to concede and make it work for everybody.”
Margie Baleztena, says, “If the voice of America is to smoke marijuana or whatever it is that they want to do and it fine with the general public I think that it should be considered.”
Neither states nor the executive branch can nullify a statute passed by congress.
Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that went into effect Monday, growing, selling, or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Congressman Scott Tipton also said Wednesday he respects the will of voters on this issue like Governor Hickenlooper, but both have serious concerns over the message that legalization sends.