Boulder DA tells feds to stop MMJ crackdown

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Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett.
  • Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett.

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett has always been a supporter of medical marijuana. In a 2010 conversation with the Indy, when he was running for state Attorney General against John Suthers, he said, "One of the differences between me and [Suthers] is, I think John spent way too much time as attorney general going over to the Legislature lobbying it about medical marijuana."

Well, when it comes to protesting federal actions against MMJ centers located within 1,000 feet of schools, Suthers — who's firmly anti-MMJ — has done very little. He might have at least mentioned something to U.S Attorney John Walsh about states' rights, something he made lots of noise about when it came to large healthcare changes championed by President Barack Obama.

Anyway, the Denver Post reports today that Garnett has sent his own letter to Walsh.

In the letter, dated Tuesday, Garnett writes that Colorado has created a system for regulating medical-marijuana businesses that is working and argues it is not worth the federal government's time to target dispensaries abiding by state law.

"I can see no legitimate basis in this judicial district to focus the resources of the United States government on the medical marijuana dispensaries that are otherwise compliant with Colorado law or local regulation," Garnett wrote in the letter to Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh. "The people of Boulder County do not need Washington D.C. or the federal government dictating how far dispensaries should be from schools, or other fine points of local land-use law."

All three have butted heads before, during the federal prosecution of Highlands Ranch grower Chris Bartkowicz, who has since been imprisoned.

"Colorado needs thoughtful leadership on these complex legal matters," Garnett said in a statement at the time, in which he demanded that Suthers ask Walsh to end the prosecution. "Mr. Suthers' commitment to states' rights and federalism is selective, and he raises the issue only if it comports with his socially conservative views."

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