Attorney General Eric Holder has overseen Justice Department crackdowns on medical marijuana, but he now believe strict policies "breed disrespect for the system."

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Attorney General Eric Holder has overseen Justice Department crackdowns on medical marijuana, but he now believe strict policies "breed disrespect for the system."
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The Obama administration still hasn't said how it will address the opening of recreational marijuana stores in Colorado and Washington state next year, he noted.

As of June, 47 percent of the more than 200,000 federal prisoners were locked up for drug charges, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. State inmate populations are larger – pushing the national incarcerated population above 1.5 million – and around 17 percent of state-level inmates were there for state drug charges in 2011, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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