In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder, the International Association of Chief of Police, along with a large coalition of law enforcement leadership associations, expressed its extreme disappointment with the decision of the U.S. Department of Justice to not challenge the marijuana legalization laws in Washington and Colorado.
The letter made clear the law enforcement community’s profound concern over the decision and its impact on our communities and the safety of the citizen we serve. The decision ignores the connections between marijuana use and violent crime, the potential trafficking problems that could be created across state and local boundaries as a result of legalization, and the potential economic and social costs that could be incurred.
In addition, the letter also strongly criticized the Department for failing to consult with state, tribal and local law enforcement organizations prior to reaching this decision.
A copy of the letter can be found here.