Over the past two months, since President Donald J. Trump indicated that he would nominate Senator Jeff Sessions to the post of United States Attorney General, the marijuana press has been rife with panicked stories about the coming potocalypse. Senator Sessions has famously remarked that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and represents something of a worst case scenario for pro-marijuana advocates. But among the large volumes of ink spilled in an effort to come to terms with the US Attorney General pick, very little substantial comment has been made.
The reason for all of this ado over nothing is that there simply isn’t much to say for the time being. With Sessions awaiting confirmation, the punditpotcracy’s tongues may wag about the apparent contradiction between the Senator’s state’s rights advocacy and his anti-marijuana outlook, but nobody is able to do more than guess about how the balance will shake out.
Today, however, a bit of bright news – reported at The Cannabist – suggests things may move in a positive direction. The National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA) is an interest group representing DAs in Washington. Because it represents the weight of the nation’s combined prosecutorial wisdom, its recommendations carry some weight within the Justice Department. The NDAA has formed a marijuana policy group intended to draft Association recommendations for the Trump Administration and legislators.
Yesterday, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, of Colorado, was named to the group. Garnett will join District Attorneys from Oregon and California on the policy group, which is composed of 14 DAs. Garnett has publicly indicated that he will support the rights of states who have legalized recreational and medical marijuana to continue to operate without federal interference.
Though this is a non-government panel, it is likely to have the ear of the Justice Department. For advocates of legal marijuana, the presence of District Attorney’s from three legal states will be reassuring as we head into uncharted waters.