New U.S. Attorney General Will Let States Legalize Cannabis

lynch Loretta Lynch – who was confirmed by Senate this week as the next U.S. Attorney GeneralĀ  – 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.

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    • jerf on April 27, 2015 at 10:04 am
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    this means we all have 500 days to get as many states legalized as possible.

    next president, who knows what could happen.

    • Eric on April 26, 2015 at 9:23 am
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    I cannot honestly say that marijuana is safer than alcohol and I am an avid pot connoisseur. However the effects of alcohol are well known because over the last 80 years since prohibition the effects have had major research done on them while for the last 80 years the effects (medical and otherwise) have been so hard to study because the government will not allow it.

    • That Guy on April 26, 2015 at 8:13 am
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    Gerry, kindly inform us of the number of deaths caused by a high driver. Now compare that to the number of drunk drivers causing deaths, accidents, and the like.

    • Gerry on April 26, 2015 at 6:41 am
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    would someone please educate this woman. !! not safer than alcohol? she is so uninformed .

    • Scott Rellim on April 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm
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    Anyone that doesn’t yet know that Cannabis is safer than alcohol clearly hasn’t looked at the ABUNDANT scientific evidence from various doctors and other experts all over the world. It’s impossible to fatally overdose on THC. Alcohol kills 2.5 million people a year worldwide. Are you joking Ms. Lynch? Seriously… how can you possibly not know which substance is safer? I am absolutely floored that you do not know this.

    • Shon on April 25, 2015 at 9:10 am
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    Is there a difference between what she’s saying, and what Eric Holder said 2 years ago?

    http://politicalblindspot.com/federal-government-announces-states-can-legalize-marijuana/

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