Federal Government Won’t Change Drug Laws Despite Passage of Marijuana Ballots Initiatives

Amid the buzz surrounding marijuana legalization the federal government on Wednesday said its enforcement of drugs laws will not be any different.

In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Nanda Chitre said: “The department’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. We are reviewing the ballot initiatives and have no additional comment at this time.”

According to a CBS News report, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. attorneys in Denver and Seattle had issued similar statements.

It will be recalled that voters from Colorado and Washington favored during Tuesday election measures that would allow recreational marijuana use.

Earlier, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who opposed the legalization measures, said that although voters have to be respected for their decision marijuana is still illegal under federal laws and therefore it’s still too early to celebrate and ” break out the Cheetos or Goldfish.”

In Arkansas and Oregon, the same measure have been considered but voters rejected it. In Massachusetts, voters approved medical marijuana  for people with debilitating medical conditions and a doctor’s permission.