The U.S. Conference of Mayors resolved last week to support “states setting their own marijuana policies without federal interference” and specifically called on President Obama to stand down on the crackdowns.
“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.”
The entire resolution is available HERE.
The resolution featured 18 cosponsors, including Seattle, Wash., Mayor Mike McGinn; Las Vegas, Nev., Mayor Carolyn Goodman; Oakland, Calif., Mayor Jean Quan and Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker even supported the resolution. That’s worth noting, considering Utah isn’t exactly a haven for pot enthusiasts. Sales of any amount calls for five years incarceration plus a $5,000 fine under state law.
“The bipartisan resolution we passed today simply asks the federal government to give us time to implement these new policies properly and without interference. Cities and states across the country are enacting forward-thinking reforms to failed marijuana prohibition policies, and for the federal government to stand in the way is wasteful and contrary to the wishes of the American people,” Aurora, Colo., Mayor Steve Hogan said in a press release.Details