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The Cole Memo: 8 federal guidelines on marijuana law enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice in August 2013 issued the Cole Memo in which it offers guidance to prosecutors and law enforcement on where to focus its marijuana efforts. These are those priorities:

• Prevent distribution of marijuana to minors

• Prevent marijuana revenue from funding criminal enterprises, gangs or cartels

• Prevent marijuana from moving out of states where it is legal

• Prevent use of state-legal marijuana sales as a cover for illegal activity

• Prevent violence and use of firearms in growing or distributing marijuana

• Prevent drugged driving or exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use

• Prevent growing marijuana on public lands

• Prevent marijuana possession or use on federal property

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

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