U.S. mayors group unanimously urges reform of pot laws; Dean doesn't join resolution

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:44am

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.

2 Comments on this post:

By: BigPapa on 6/25/13 at 12:52

While it's a weak move by Dean, I can see why someone with political ambition would shy away from that.
Marijuana laws need MAJOR reform, but due to the nature of the weed a politican that even tries to take on the issue in a rational manner is easily painted as a "pot head" and get's tossed in with a bunch of bonnaroo wanna bes and old hippies.

By: Blip on 6/25/13 at 8:36

Yes, agree. Wishy-washy. Important political training. Serves them well. Doesn't serve the public, but what does ambition have to do with that anyway.