Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole, the author of a June, 2011 memo which says that state MMJ laws do not protect medical marijuana growers is in Denver this week, announcing the results of a local crackdown on armed gang members.

Speaking to the press, Cole, whose memo said that dispensaries and licensed growers in MMJ-friendly states could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws, emphasized that individual U.S. attorneys have the discretion to go after such businesses or not, but would not address what the enforcement in California may mean to states like Colorado, which have similar laws regarding dispensaries.

Instead, Cole fell back on the line that his memo says all that needs to be said on the subject.

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