Washington • Attorney General Eric Holder assured Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday that the federal government would get involved if marijuana legally sold in Colorado were to cross into Utah or be grown on federal lands within the state.
Hatch pressed Holder during an oversight hearing on why the Justice Department has refused to enforce the Controlled Substances Act, which bars selling or growing marijuana. Colorado allows recreational users to buy up to one ounce of pot and the federal government has said it won't, for the most part, intervene.
"There's a direct link between the U.S. marijuana trade and large-scale drug-trafficking organizations that threaten the safety and well-being of our country," Hatch said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. "Now legalization in Colorado threatens the success that we have been seeing in tackling the problem."