"Well, first of all, the fact that we have a Justice Department that just ignores the federal law just undermines completely the people’s respect for the rule of law. Whether you agree with it or not, the law is the law. The President took an oath of office to uphold it, and he has to do that. Now having said that, though, Hugh, I’m a great believer in the 10th Amendment. And I believe in both states there were referenda where the voters approved. So I would be very strongly inclined to change the federal law to give states, when they’ve had a referenda, the opportunity with respect to marijuana to decriminalize it, except for two factors. One is we have to know that neighboring states or the rest of the country are not being subjected to illegal marijuana because of the free selling of it and marketing in those states, and second with respect to young people. And in particular, I think Colorado went way too far in allowing marijuana to be placed in things like cookies or sweets that are obviously attracted to kids. So the bottom line is we uphold the law. I would not be adverse to changing the law if we could guarantee there was no spillover to, three things actually – no spillover to adjacent states, protection for minorities that are ironclad, and the third is there’s no increase in dependency as a result of that. You know, if all of a sudden we see states like whatever the state that legalizes it is resulting in much higher dependency costs that the federal government has to pay for, then I think the federal government has the right to say you can’t do that."
Source: Other 2015 http://www.hughhewitt.com/former-new-york-governor-george-pataki-on-2016/