30 January 2017
The Boulder Daily Camera reports………
Garnett said he is the only active prosecutor from Colorado in the group, but said there are also DAs from California and Oregon — other states with recreational marijuana — in the group.
“It’s a reflection of the NDAA’s interest in having a fairly balanced committee, which will be largely advising on what our policy position should be in communications with the Trump Justice Department,” Garnett said.
But while Garnett said there are a wide variety of states in different stages of marijuana legalization represented in the group, he said for the most part NDAA still is a conservative group, which is why he felt it was important to add his voice.
“I always end up on the more liberal position than anyone else, particularly on marijuana,” Garnett said. “I think one of the things that happens is that many of the people in states where there is no legalization have a complete misunderstanding of states like Colorado. If nothing else, I’m able to say, ‘Wait a minute, this is a huge business in Colorado, it is largely supported by the editorial boards, polls show it was being very popular, and by and large we have not seen an impact on crime rates.
“Those are things that every state can agree on, and they need to start getting to the difficult issues,” Raynes said.
Regardless of their stance on legalization, Raynes said all prosecutors have some common goals in regard to marijuana, such as keeping it out of the hands of children, cracking down on impaired driving, and curbing the black market.
“There’s such a myriad of approaches depending on what stage of legalization you are in,” Raynes said. “To come up with some sort of nationwide discussion on what works and what doesn’t work makes a lot of sense.”
Tom Raynes, the executive director of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council and another member of the group, said it will be a feeling out process for the group, which was only formed about 10 days ago.”I thought that was a particularly unrealistic and ill-advised idea, and I was not shy about saying that,” Garnett said.For instance, Garnett said that at the first meeting, some of the DAs wanted to send a letter to the governor of any state with recreational or medical marijuana telling them to shut those businesses down within 90 days.”For somebody from Missouri or South Carolina to tell Colorado how to handle an issue of its own choice like legalization of marijuana is not only bad policy, but it fails to respect the importance of local control and state rights.”
National District Attorney’s Association http://www.ndaa.org