Drug Policy

Minnesota Sheriff Not Happy DOJ Won't Challenge Marijuana Laws in Colorado and Washington

Says keeping communities safe will be more difficult as a result


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it does not intend to challenge policies in Colorado and Washington state that legalized the sale and recreational use of marijuana to adults — despite the fact that these state laws are in opposition to federal law.

As president of the Major County Sheriffs' Association, I have joined a broad coalition of law enforcement officers from across the country to express our extreme disappointment with this unprecedented decision.

A letter of opposition to the DOJ and the White House was endorsed by the association, along with the following law enforcement groups: the National Sheriffs' Association, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Narcotic Officers Associations' Coalition, the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

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  1. If you read between the lines this plainly says: “WAHHHHH MOMMY THEY’RE TAKING AWAY OUR UNDESERVED SOURCE OF REVENUE THAT INFLATES A BLACK MARKET AND GIVES US AN EXCUSE TO HARASS MINORITIES WHILE EMPOWERING DRUG CARTELS” Get over it you’ve lost. People are looking to facts instead of your scare mongering, racist, anti-science idiocy. With the proliferation of information availability because of the internet it was only a matter of time. Your days of arresting people for non-criminal crimes is coming to an end. I’m sorry you’re going to have to find real jobs and actually contribute positively to society, oh… wait… no I’m not. I don’t know what all these addle-pate bumps on a log are going to do when the drug war is ended but I know society will be better off when it happens.

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