Mayors to DOJ: Rollback of Federal Marijuana Policy is a Misguided Legal Overreach

Seattle (Jan 11) – Seattle Mayor and former U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock led a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizing the Department of Justice’s misguided rollback of the “Cole Memo,” which provided guidance on federal marijuana enforcement policy. The letter signed by ten Mayors from the across the country asks the Department of Justice to prioritize their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic instead of wasting law enforcement resources on legal marijuana.

“Reversing course now is a misguided legal overreach and an attack on cities where legal, safe, and high regulated recreational sale and use occurs, and on the majority of states where the voters have made their voices heard loud and clear on this issue,” wrote the Mayors. “With overdose deaths, primarily caused by opioids, at an all-time high throughout this country, the federal government should be a better partner to help combat this epidemic. President Trump and DOJ should not waste our law enforcement resources and taxpayer money on prosecuting legal activity and instead prioritize their efforts on ending the scourge of the opioid crisis.”

The letter was co-signed here by: Bill de Blasio (New York, NY), Michael B. Hancock (Denver, CO), Robert Garcia (Long Beach, CA), Paul Soglin (Madison, WI), Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN), Jim Kenney (Philadelphia, PA), Ted Wheeler (Portland, OR), Jonathan Rothschild (Tucson, AZ), and Pauline Cutter (San Leandro, CA).

The full text of the letter is below and here.

January 11, 2018

Dear Attorney General Sessions:

We write to express our deep concern with your decision to rescind the “Cole Memo.” This guidance clarified federal marijuana enforcement policy in states in light of legalization which, as you know, is now legal for some purposes in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

When the Department of Justice (DOJ) clarified its policy on legal marijuana, it took a step forward in properly deprioritizing criminal enforcement of legal marijuana, and ensured that states had clear guidance on how to implement medical marijuana to help patients and end the black market. This allowed the federal authority, with state and municipal partners, to focus efforts on protecting children and targeting organized crime, and ending cartel related activity. Reversing course now is a misguided legal overreach and an attack on cities where legal, safe, and high regulated recreational sale and use occurs, and on the majority of states where the voters have made their voices heard loud and clear on this issue.

With overdose deaths, primarily caused by opioids, at an all-time high throughout this country, the federal government should be a better partner to help combat this epidemic. President Trump and DOJ should not waste our law enforcement resources and taxpayer money on prosecuting legal activity and instead prioritize their efforts on ending the scourge of the opioid crisis.

We will do everything we can within the rule of law to keep our residents safe, end the opioid crisis, and ensure our businesses, residents, and visitors are protected from this overreach.

Sincerely,

Jenny A. Durkan

Seattle, Washington

Michael B. Hancock

Denver, Colorado

Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York, New York

Mayor Jim Kenney

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mayor Robert Garcia

Long Beach, California

Mayor Ted Wheeler

Portland, Oregon

Mayor Paul Soglin

Madison, Wisconsin

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Tucson, Arizona

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

Gary, Indiana

Mayor Pauline Cutter

San Leandro, CA

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