Marijuana: Rob Corry wants proof of support for U.S. Attorney MMC seizure threats
Earlier this month, attorney Rob Corry shared correspondence between him and U.S. Attorney John Walsh over seizure-threat letters sent to 23 dispensaries near schools. His latest gambit: A Freedom of Information Act request intended, in part, to determine if the actions are as popular as Walsh has implied.
This last question arose amid another exchange of letters, this time between Walsh and Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, who asked the U.S. Attorney's Office not to target dispensaries in his area that are following local and state laws. This request was not granted: Late last week, Walsh sent 25 more seizure letters to dispensaries, and Boulder was a location represented among recipients.
In his reply to Garnett, Walsh mentioned "the outpouring of thanks and appreciation this office has received from Coloradans in affected communities for our program to close marijuana dispensaries near schools." To determine the scope of this response, Corry is asking for "all documents, information, letters, phone messages, electronic mails, and other communication constituting the 'outpouring of public support' for the U.S. Attorney's program." And Corry sounds as if he thinks Walsh has exaggerating this alleged mandate.
"One man's outpouring is another man's six e-mails from anonymous parents," he says, adding that in his mind, this reference "basically argues that the U.S. Attorney is subject to public pressure, which is contrary to anything I've heard. I was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives' judiciary committee in the late Nineties, and I heard over and over that the Department of Justice was immune to public pressure: 'We enforce the law equally, so don't try to sway us.' That was always touted as one of their strengths. But what we heard from Walsh is the diametric opposite of that."
U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner doesn't buy this reasoning. He notes that "I'm not going to go point by point through Mr. Corry's letter," which makes ten separate requests, "because I don't think that's productive. But it's important to note that the U.S. Attorney has received an outpouring of support from parents, school administrators and physicians, as well as the law enforcement community, with the exception of Mr. Garnett."
However, the majority of these attaboys will be impossible to document. "An overwhelming majority of that outpouring has come personally from people coming up to him and thanking him as he attends various events," Dorschner says. "And he's not counting how many of them there are. He's just saying, 'Thank you.'"
As for Corry's implication that Walsh's mention of support suggests he's playing to the masses, Dorschner points out that "when the first phase was under discussion, and when it was implemented, it was done with no public knowledge and no public influence. The support came after his office sent out the first wave of letters."
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