Former Federal Prosecutor Running For Congress Says Legalize Marijuana To Hurt Cartels

Former Federal Prosecutor Running For Congress Says Legalize Marijuana To Hurt Cartels

When he was a federal prosecutor, Adam Schleifer got an up-close look at the violence and corruption of the illicit, international drug trade. But he didn’t reach the conclusion that the solution was increased enforcement and criminalization of existing prohibition laws. Now a congressional candidate, Schliefer is calling for federal marijuana legalization, making the case that reform represents a superior alternative to blanket criminalization. There appears to be growing recognition among prosecutors that cannabis shouldn’t be a priority. Federal prosecutions of marijuana trafficking cases have steadily declined in recent years as more states have legalized. Even so, it’s still relatively rare to see a former prosecutor who was tasked with upholding federal law—which regards marijuana as a strictly controlled substance—openly criticize existing policy and back legalization. It’s time our federal laws recognize the scientific, financial & policy realities of #marijuana. Let’s let American farmers replace int’l cartels + ensure safety + tax for us all My case, as a former federal prosecutor, for federal #legalization https://t.co/WZOEp9WX9p — Adam Schleifer for Congress (@AdamSchleiferNY) April 28, 2020 In contrast, for example, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah said earlier this year that legalization will “bring down our society” and empower illicit actors. Schleifer, who served as an assistant U.S. attorney based in Los Angeles from 2016 to 2019, feels differently. He argues that a regulated market could curb illegal trade, generate tax revenue, create jobs and protect public health. The candidate, who is running to fill the seat being vacated…

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