News Release: Associated Press News
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some Republicans in Congress are pressing the Obama administration for more information about where it stands on legalizing marijuana and the government's plans to enforce longstanding federal drug laws.
In a second congressional hearing on U.S. marijuana policy, Rep. John Mica of Florida said the country is currently, quote -- "in a state of conflict and chaos" when it comes to marijuana.
Under federal law, marijuana is among the most dangerous drugs and is illegal, but the Justice Department has made clear it won't target businesses in states where marijuana has been declared legal as long as they follow local laws.
In an election year that could tip the balance of power in Washington, some Republicans have accused the administration of cherry-picking which federal laws to enforce.