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For Immediate Release
August 29, 2013

Grassley Comments on Obama Administration's Decision to Not Enforce Federal Marijuana Laws

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today made the following comment on what Reuters described as the Obama Administration’s “giving U.S. states wide leeway to experiment with pot legalization.”

“Time and again we have seen the Obama Administration decline to enforce laws that it finds inconvenient, or that it simply doesn’t like.  Today’s announcement is the latest example.  The Administration is now effectively instructing law enforcement not to prioritize the prosecution of the large-scale distribution and sale of marijuana in certain states.  This sends the wrong message to both law enforcement and violators of federal law.  Apprehending and prosecuting illegal drug traffickers should always be a priority for the Department of Justice.”