The U.S. Conference of Mayors earlier this week unanimously adopted a resolution stating that “states and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and health of their communities.”
But Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was not among them.
The resolution was adopted at the Conference of Mayors’ 81st annual meeting in Las Vegas. Dean did not attend. Reached by The City Paper Monday afternoon, Dean spokeswoman Janel Lacy cited the fact that the mayor rarely signs onto such resolutions, and said the administration had not heard about the resolution. She declined to comment further.
Dean’s disinclination to join with such groups has also shown up with relation to guns. While the issue was a subject of national debate earlier this year, Dean largely stayed clear and has notably avoided membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That fact has only fueled speculation about Dean’s future political ambitions, and the assumption that those ambitions have kept him away from polarizing groups.