New attorney general Loretta Lynch’s feelings on marijuana reform
New attorney general Loretta Lynch is personally opposed to marijuana, but like her predecessor Eric Holder, she thinks it’s rational to let states decide policies for themselves without federal interference. Back in February,Lynch came out hardagainst legalization, telling the Senate Committee on the Judiciary that “not only do I not support the legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization. Nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as attorney general.” Lynch says she never smoked marijuana and does not believe it is less dangerous than alcohol. Responding to Obama’s claim that it isn’t as dangerous as alcohol, Lynchsaid “I certainly think that the president was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion, neither of which I’m able to share.” While marijuana advocates at the time were worried, others pointed out that she was testifying in front of Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican staunchly opposed to the marijuana legalization in the states.