Friday, November 9, 2012

Is marijuana really legal in Colorado and Washington now?

As I'm sure all of you know, Colorado and Washington voted and passed a law to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  What does this really mean, though?

It is still not legal to use marijuana in the United States.  Although it may now be legal under state law, the use of marijuana is still illegal under federal law.  This means while you are not violating state law, you could still be arrested, charged and convicted for the use of marijuana under federal law. 

To sum up, although the citizens of two states have voted and decided that the use of marijuana is no longer against state law, it is still illegal throughout the country under federal law.