New U.S. Attorney General Will Let States Legalize Cannabis
Loretta Lynch – who was confirmed by Senate this week as the next U.S. Attorney General – supports allowing states to decide their own cannabis policies, and says the Justice Department’s currently policy of doing so is “effective, consistent and rational.”
In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), Lynch defended the Justice Department’s policy – implemented under Eric Holder – that says that the government won’t interfere with state-sanctioned cannabis legalization, so long as certain guidelines are met such as keeping it out of the hands of minors.
During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch stated that she explicitly opposes the legalization of cannabis, even going as far as saying that she doesn’t believe cannabis is necessarily safer than alcohol. However, that apparently won’t stop her from allowing states to legalize the substance.
Prior to being confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney General, Lynch served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.