Former AG Holder wants marijuana rescheduled

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in the administration of President Barack Obama, this week came out in favor of changing cannabis’ status as a Schedule 1 narcotic.

His unexpected comments could help boost support for rescheduling  marijuana, which would be a major win for the cannabis industry.

“I certainly think it ought to be rescheduled. You know, we treat marijuana in the same way that we treat heroin now, and that clearly is not appropriate,” Holder said on Tuesday during an interview on the PBS program Frontline. “So at a minimum, I think Congress needs to do that. Then I think we need to look at what happens in Colorado and what happens in Washington (State).”

Marijuana activists have welcomed the news and hope Holder, who served from 2009-2015, will influence President Obama to remove cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 drugs.

“(I)t would be absurd to keep passing the buck to Congress when federal law clearly gives the administration the power to act,” said Tom Angell, president of the Marijuana Majority.

It was during Holder’s tenure that the Department of Justice released policy guidance in 2013, known as the “Cole Memo,” that essentially instructed federal officials not to prosecute marijuana businesses in legalized states so long as they didn’t violate certain provisions, such as not selling product to minors or diverting product to the black market or non-legalized states.

The views of the current attorney general, Loretta Lynch, have evolved from opposing federal marijuana legalization to letting states handle the issue internally.

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5 comments on “Former AG Holder wants marijuana rescheduled
  1. J bell on

    I have zero respect for those who leave a position where they could have implemented change then leave and say “gee ya know what ya Otta do” no balls Holder NO balls!! No one wants your opinion now!!

  2. Kevin on

    I love these politicians who come out and say this crap AFTER they’ve left office! When they no longer have ANY influence on policy is when they all come out of the woodwork for rescheduling marijuana. HE had the power to reschedule it as AG and didn’t TOUCH it! So don’t act like you’re my hero now!

  3. Christine Schaefer on

    We need to have that federal reclassification. Don’t just leave it to the states. changing the classification opens door to increased studies as well as leveling the playing field and possible opening the doors to interstate sales.

  4. Peter on

    Why is Holder, or any other politician ( because that’s what he was…not really playing attorney.. ) being allowed Monday Morning QB time on this or any other issue?? Are we supposed to feel better about that somehow? Isn’t cowardly that someone like this who had all the time in the world to do so many things right, but catered to the special interest’s protectionism; esp the big banks. He also facilitated establishment politics. These are his roots. What would anyone care about what he has to say about ANYTHING that he could’ve, shoul’dv, woul’dv???
    Shame on the editorial staff for printing this. It’s not newsworthy.

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