Sheriffs Applaud DOJ Memo on Marijuana Enforcement Policy

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Alexandria, VA – National Sheriffs’ Association President Harold Eavenson and Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson issued the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s memo on marijuana enforcement that would rescind the Obama Administration directive that barred law enforcement officials from going after offenders in states that have legalized marijuana.

“We applaud the Attorney General for this action today that brings clarity on enforcement of the law by rescinding a confusing policy brought on by the previous administration that hindered law enforcement. This will allow sheriffs to carry out their mission of upholding the rule of law and keeping their communities safe.”

“Furthermore, the experiment in Colorado and other states has proven beyond any doubt that impaired driving by marijuana has dramatically and dangerously harmed public safety in Colorado and neighboring states, bringing additional burdens on law enforcement.”

The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven-year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.