As the cannabis industry begins to take shape here in the State of Washington, one of the leading concerns for canna-businesses has been addressed.  The Justice Department sent a memo stating that it will not sue to stop the sales of retail marijuana in Washington and Colorado.

The new policy is being called a “trust but verify” approach, and outlines eight priorities that will become the focus for federal prosecutors in cannabis legal states. These focuses include:

  1. Prevention of distribution of cannabis to minors.
  2. Prevent revenue from sales of cannabis from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels.
  3. Prevent cannabis from being illegally exported out of the legal states.
  4. Prevent sales of cannabis from being used as a cover for other illegal activity.
  5. Prevent the use of violence and firearms in the production and processing of cannabis.
  6. Prevent drugged driving and other public health consequences related to the use of cannabis.
  7. Prevent the growing of cannabis on public lands and the environmental impact that it causes.
  8. Prevent possession or use of cannabis products on federal property.

It will be up to the U.S. Attorneys to implement the policy, but many take this as a positive sign that the Department of Justice will allow canna-business to operate, as long as they do so within the guides of the law.

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