President Biden’s appointee to occupy America’s attorney general seat has restated, through writing, that he doesn’t think the Justice Department should be allocating its resources to put on trial individuals who are adhering to the state cannabis laws.
Following a response series to queries from legislators who went through last week’s confirmation hearings, Judge Garland Merrick made it clear that the government should concentrate in large-scope criminal enterprises which outwit national legalization regulations, rather than going after folks who are complying with local marijuana policies.
Merrick made similar utterances during an interview before the SJC (Senate Judiciary Committee) last week. The commission officially advanced his confirmation earlier this week, paving way for the chamber’s full vote.
He said that he doesn’t feel that it’s wise to use the Agency’s amenities to prosecute those adhering to regulations in states which have authorized and are efficiently regulating cannabis. This was a response to a query from Chuck Grassley (Ranking Member) about how he’d handle the national-federal cannabis policy conflict.
The perspective is in tandem with regulations put in place under Obama’s administration, dubbed as the Cole memorandum. It was annulled by President Donald Trump’s first AG, Sessions Jeff,
When asked whether he generally seconds measures to legalize or decriminalize cannabis, the AG appointee didn’t give a definitive response; however, his answer indicated that he plans to focus mainly on the ills of present punitive regulations.
He wrote that marijuana criminalization has culminated into racial differences and mass incarceration in America’s criminal justice system. This has made a plethora of Americans ineligible for various employment opportunities, thanks to their non-violent criminal convictions.
Legalization activists are happy that the AG pick has given his opinion about respecting federal cannabis regulations in writing.
Justin Strekal, NORML’s political director, said that Judge Garland’s answers show that there is zero intention of strangling the progress of cannabis consumer access and regulation.