The U.S. Conference of Mayors has unanimously passed a resolution today urging the federal government to change their marijuana policies, including leaving states alone which decide to legalize the plant for recreational use.
The historic proposal is sponsored by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, and is co-sponsored by 8 other mayors from cities across the country such as Aurora, Colorado – Berkeley, California – Seattle, Washington – and Binghamton New York.,
The unanimously-approved resolution states:
BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors reaffirms its support of fair and effective criminal justice and drug policies and reiterates its previous call for the reclassification of marijuana under federal law; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors recognizes that its members have differing views on how to treat marijuana in their cities, and believes that states and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and health of their communities; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors believes that federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana policies without federal interference; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until such time as federal law is changed, the United States Conference of Mayors urges the President of the United States to reexamine the priorities of federal agencies to prevent the expenditure of resources on actions that undermine the duly enacted marijuana laws of states.