Ever since voters in Washington State and Colorado approved legalizing the recreational smoking of marijuana last November, the public has been waiting to see how the Obama administration would react. So far, officials have only said that they are monitoring the situation to see how those states implement their new pot-friendly laws, and that a more specific policy announcement is coming soon. At the National Association of Attorneys General annual conference on Feb. 26, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department was close to reaching a decision on how to proceed.
One thing that's clear is despite decades of war against marijuana, pot's popularity continues to climb. While there's been an overall drop in usage of most other drugs, teenage use of marijuana remains at an all-time high, and voters in more states are passing medical marijuana laws each year. But rather than give up the war on weed, statistics show that the government continues to stubbornly prosecute marijuana cases.
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