Jeffrey Beall

Boulder, Colorado D.A. Joins Policy Group Making Cannabis Recommendations to Feds

Boulder, Colorado’s District Attorney Stan Garnett will join a policy group comprised of prosecutors throughout the nation who will advise the Donald Trump administration on cannabis public policy, according to a Daily Camera report. The group, created by the National District Attorney’s Association, consists of 14 district attorneys, of which Garnett is the only active prosecutor from Colorado.

Garnett said, for the most part, the NDAA is still largely conservative and since he is “particularly (liberal) on marijuana” he felt it was important that he was included.

“I think one of the things that happens is that many of the people in states where there is no legalization have a complete misunderstanding of states like Colorado,” he said in the report. “If nothing else, I’m able to say, ‘Wait a minute, this is a huge business in Colorado, it is largely supported by the editorial boards, polls show it was being very popular, and by and large we have not seen an impact on crime rates.’”

He added that it was “bad policy” for people from states without legalization to tell states with legal cannabis regimes how to handle their policies and “it fails to respect the importance of local control and state rights.”

Garnett said that while he was certain Jeff Sessions, if confirmed, would be the recipient of the recommendations of the workgroup, he “[didn’t] know what to expect” from the administration on the issue.

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