After years of enjoying liberal policies toward recreational and medical marijuana use in Colorado, it's hard to remember that possession of marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law. In fact, federal drug laws classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug. This means that the federal government views pot to be just as dangerous and addictive as heroin, and punishes those convicted of possessing and trafficking it just as severely.
The vast majority of drug cases will fall under the jurisdiction of the state court system in the state where the crime allegedly occurred. However, there are numerous scenarios in which a drug offense becomes a federal violation and must be litigated and defended in federal court.