Nation and World News

top news | u.s. | world | business | sports | health | tech | arts | search AP |
Feb 1, 5:52 PM EST

Report: DOJ should track its monitoring of pot legalization

Latest News
Highlights from Chipotle's employee meeting on food safety

Chipotle urges workers to stay home if they're sick

Former Seattle IRS agent to face trial on bribery charge

Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill

Facebook shuts down medical marijuana pages in New Jersey

Buy AP Photo Reprints
Interactive medical marijuana map, poll and video gallery.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Government Accountability Office says the Justice Department needs to better document how it's tracking the effect of marijuana legalization in the states.

In a report Monday, investigators noted that the DOJ said in 2013 it would allow states to regulate marijuana for medical or recreational use, as long as they meet federal law enforcement priorities that include keeping pot away from children and keeping criminal organizations out of the industry.

But, the GAO said, the government isn't documenting how it is making sure states meet those priorities. The report recommends that the Justice Department start doing so, which will put it in better position to identify states that aren't meeting federal pot enforcement priorities.

The DOJ said it agrees with the recommendations.

Four states - Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska - and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational pot use.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.