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Why doesn't the federal government always intervene when states defy its authority?

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September 17, 2014 6:27PM

The federal government does not always intervene when there is a

conflict because they choose not to. Their reasons for abstaining

may differ, but they reserve the right. The best example of this is

medical marijuana; it is illegal under federal law, but several

states have legalized it. The federal government has intervened,

but they don't really want to challenge the laws.

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