Prosecutors in pot-friendly states will decide on crackdown

McGregor Scott, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, gestures during a news conference in Sacramento, California on March 24, 2008. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP File)

DENVER — Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states’ top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers.