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.


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


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  1. jerf

    this means we all have 500 days to get as many states legalized as possible.

    next president, who knows what could happen.

  2. Eric

    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.

  3. That Guy

    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.

  4. Gerry

    would someone please educate this woman. !! not safer than alcohol? she is so uninformed .

  5. Scott Rellim

    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.

  6. Shon

    Is there a difference between what she’s saying, and what Eric Holder said 2 years ago?


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