One Toke Over the Line
In 2013, the Justice Department issued a memorandum giving guidance to U.S. Prosecutors and the DEA concerning federal enforcement of drug laws in states that legalized the growing and use of marijuana for medical, recreational and agricultural purposes. The memorandum came to be known as the “Cole Memorandum” for the name of the Justice Department attorney who wrote it.
In a policy guidance memo released in October of 2014, the Justice Department announced that the policy for Indian Reservations is left to the discretion of the U.S. District Attorney and the tribal leaders. What this means is that Indians will be able to grow, use and sell marijuana on the reservations by agreement with the district U.S. Attorney.
This is a made-to-order “pay to play” scenario in which the incentives are aligned for corruption although in truth, the Justice Department didn’t have a far way to go to hit bottom.
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