8 Priorities of Marijuana Enforcement
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8 Priorities of Marijuana Enforcement

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The Cole Memo of August 2013, identifies eight enforcement priorities for the federal government regarding marijuana. Specifically, Justices’ priorities are to prevent:

  • The distribution of marijuana to minors;
  • Revenue from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels;
  • Diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to states where it is illegal;
  • Use of state-authorized marijuana activity as a cover for other illegal drugs or activity;
  • Violence and the use of firearms;
  • Drugged driving or other adverse public health consequences;
  • The use of public lands for marijuana production; and
  • Marijuana possession or use on federal property.

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