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Marijuana use: Obama's got 'bigger fish to fry'

As Rachel Weiner reports for the Washington Post, President Barack Obama has said that he won't make it a "top priority" in his administration to bust people for marijuana possession in those states that have made the use of recreational marijuana legal.

"We've got bigger fish to fry," Obama said, as Weiner quotes. "It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal."

Those states are Colorado and Washington.

As for Maryland, it remains illegal to use marijuana for recreational purposes, as it currently is in the majority of states. Although talk of decriminalizing marijuana has been widespread among state lawmakers in Maryland, no significant bills have been passed recently, and possession of marijuana continues to be a crime in Maryland.

As for Colorado and Washington, Obama deferred to Congress and its authority to make a change in federal law. One example, as Weiner reports, would be changing the Controlled Substances Act to allow for possession of marijuana up to an ounce for residents in states where possession is legal.

Apparently, Attorney General Eric Holder will soon state what the federal policy will be in response to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.

Given Obama has said there are "bigger fish to fry," it's likely that individual users in those states won't have too much to worry about when it comes to the feds - as long as they're smoking within the confines of state law.

Source: Obama: I've got 'bigger fish to fry' than pot smokers

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