Study: Government Should Not Target Marijuana Users In States Where Marijuana Is Legal

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A Tacoma resident rolls a joint shortly after a law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana took effect on December 6, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.   (credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

A Tacoma resident rolls a joint shortly after a law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana took effect on December 6, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The majority of public opinion agrees on something with the government.

Last week, the Obama administration said that they will not challenge laws in states which legalize marijuana as long as those states maintain strict rules involving the sale and distribution of the drug.

Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole put out a memo to all 50 states which said the Justice Department is “committed to using its limited investigative and prosecutorial resources to address the most significant threats in the most effective, consistent and rational way.”

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of Americans said the government should not enforce anti-marijuana laws in states that allow use.

That same study also found that 52 percent of Americans feel marijuana should be made legal.

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