President Trump spent a while attacking Jeff Periods on Twitter in July. There are many the reason why that was a nasty factor. You don’t need the chief of the chief department attacking the chief regulation enforcement officer within the nation for failing to face in the best way of an investigation into that chief. However for those who briefly ignore the threats to democracy, it was fairly enjoyable watching Periods get metaphorically slapped round. Mr. “Good individuals don’t smoke marijuana” was solely capable of come again with a lame remark that Trump’s conduct was “type of hurtful” whereas nonetheless calling him a “robust chief.” Present some spine.
Regardless of the assaults, it seems to be like Periods is sticking round, which suggests we’ve got to proceed guessing how his Division of Justice goes to deal with marijuana. On that entrance, there’s some dangerous information and a few probably excellent news.
On the adverse entrance, the Huffington Publish uncovered a letter Periods despatched to Washington Governor Jay Inslee on July 24. In that letter, which was in response to varied requests to Periods from Inslee and others that Periods reaffirm the validity of the Cole Memo, Periods doesn’t deviate from the Cole Memo. As an alternative, he cherry picks knowledge and presents statistics in a method that negatively displays on Washington’s marijuana regulatory system. The overwhelming majority of his criticisms are unfair or are outright deceptive.
This publish isn’t a very good place to refute every of his arguments, however listed here are a few of the highlights. He states that Washington’s medical marijuana system is taken into account “gray” resulting from a scarcity of regulation. However his info dates again to 2014 — Washington folded medical marijuana into its regulated system in 2015. He claims that 90% of the “public security violations” that happen in Washington contain minors. However it’s because Washington teams its violations into 4 classes, and all violations involving minors are within the “public security” class. Different violations which might be extra widespread are in different classes. Moreover, a proportion with none reference to the entire is meaningless — referring to the 90% irrespective of the entire is purposefully deceptive. Lastly, he stupidly claims Washington State isn’t nicely regulated as a result of the main regulatory violation is “failure to make the most of and/or keep traceability.” If the state is policing traceability a lot that it’s persistently nailing companies for any deviation from the regulation, that’s the definition of robustly regulating an business. Regulatory enforcement isn’t proof of a scarcity of regulation — it’s the reverse.
My agency’s hashish legal professionals have since 2010 represented shoppers everywhere in the nation, and from this I can inform you that Washington State tends to have the hardest laws and the strictest enforcement. The concept Washington isn’t robustly regulating the hashish business is laughable. If Jeff Periods needs to assault the rules of the Cole Memo, he ought to simply do it as an alternative of hiding behind weak accusations that Washington is violating its tenets.
However that is the place the potential excellent news is available in, or at the least a cause why Periods is making an attempt to sofa his arguments inside the phrases of the Cole Memo. Sitting on Periods’s desk proper now’s a report from his personal Process Drive on Crime Discount and Public Security. The Division of Justice hasn’t launched that report, however the Related Press received a replica of it, and opposite to expectations, the Process Drive does not advocate any modifications to present DOJ coverage within the Cole Memo. That is sensible in fact. Even should you hate marijuana, the Division of Justice doesn’t have a limiteless price range. Each penny and each man-hour devoted to marijuana is taken away from opioids, terrorism, violent crime, and so on. If the states are usually not appearing as companions in federal regulation enforcement, why would the feds use assets to focus on marijuana companies and their clients in these states?
However it doesn’t matter what coverage the Division of Justice finally ends up pursuing, Periods won’t ever again down on the marijuana rhetoric. “Medicine are dangerous” are ingrained in his id, as they’ve been in each hippie-hating conservative politician since Nixon. Marijuana utilization, homosexuality, and various life which are indicative of somebody being an “different” are anathema to the Periods dream of Americana. However as demographics and polling present us, there are much more of us than there are of him.