The National District Attorneys Association has formed a group of prosecutors that will offer marijuana policy advice to the Trump administration.
SOUNDS SCARY, BUT: One prominent member of the panel, Boulder County, Colorado DA Stan Garnett, actively pushed back against Justice Department attacks on his state's medical cannabis law during the first term of the Obama administration. And shortly after the passage of full legalization measure Amendment 64, Garnett dropped pending marijuana possession cases:
- "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. 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." -- Stan Garnett
So we know that at least one sympathetic voice will be in the mix when NDAA's federal recommendations are formulated. While we don't know the full makeup of the 14-member panel, it has been reported that at least some members are from other legalization states like California and Oregon.
For now, it's unclear whether the White House asked for the prosecutors' input on cannabis or if they're simply taking it upon themselves to weigh in on the issue.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a vote on the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as attorney general on Tuesday.