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Ex-DEA leaders press US to nullify states’ pot laws

CHICAGO — Eight former US drug chiefs warned the federal government Tuesday that time is running out to nullify Colorado and Washington’s new laws legalizing recreational marijuana use, and a United Nations agency also urged challenges to the measures it said violate international treaties.

The former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs criticized the Obama administration for moving too slowly to file a lawsuit that would force the states to rescind the legislation. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.

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