Measure 91 Series — The Cole Memo

One interesting component of the rulemaking process is a document that the federal government drafted. The “Cole Memo” was given to states which decriminialized marijuana (to date, Colorado and Washington).

The Cole Memo is an eight-point memo related to the concerns held by the federal DOJ. These eight points direct states to:

  • Prevent distribution of marijuana to minors
  • Prevent revenue from sales to going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels
  • Prevent diversion from where it is legal to states where it is illegal
  • Prevent state-authorized activity from being used as a cover for illegal activity
  • Prevent violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
  • Prevent drugged driving and other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use
  • Prevent growing marijuana on public grounds
  • Prevent use on public property

In short, all the rules — all the rules — which the OLCC promulgates will be in conformity with the Cole Memo.

Want to read it yourself?