Treaties (probably) not an impediment to ‘legal’ cannabis in Washington and Colorado

By ANGELA HAWKEN & JONATHAN KULICK | March 2014

Voters in two states, Colorado and Washington, passed ballot initiatives in 2013 that made legal the cultivation, sale and recreational use of marijuana (with provisions for regulation and taxation to be determined). Marijuana remains illegal—a Schedule I controlled substance— under federal law. The tension between state and federal laws remains unresolved, in both principle and practice.

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