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    spacecadet1, Ahianne

    Remember, not everything that is illegal at a federal level is (or can be) illegal at the state level.

    When Colorado legalizes pot, they are saying 'there are no longer any state laws against it'. And they may also be saying 'we don't think there should be federal laws against it'. But unless they are saying 'the federal government is prohibited from enforcing marijuana laws in Colorado, and any federal official who does so will be arrested' or something like that, it's not nullification.

    Another example would be hate crime legislation. Lots of states don't have it, but the federal government does. That doesn't mean that the states are nullifying the hate crimes law, it just means that it is illegal at a federal level but not at a state level.

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