Holder still weighs U.S. pot action

Posted: April 20, 2013

WASHINGTON - How it affects children will be one factor the Justice Department weighs as it determines how to respond to the legalization of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told Congress on Thursday.

"I think among the kinds of things we will have to consider is the impact on children," along with factors such as violence connected to trafficking and organized crime, Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee. He commented in response to questions about ballot initiatives legalizing the drug.

"We are certainly going to enforce federal law," Holder said.

Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and one congressman pressed Holder to challenge the state initiatives in court.

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