Letter regarding DDA Booth's Statements in Boulder Daily Camera

October 28, 2015

  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Colorado Chapter
  • www.coloradonorml.org
  • Rachel K. Gillette, Executive Director

Dear District Attorney Garnett:

In an article published in today’s Daily Camera, "Erie moving forward with ban on recreational marijuana businesses”, Boulder County Deputy District Attorney, Katharina Booth, "said marijuana was present in every drug-related homicide in Boulder County during the past 20 years” while she voiced her support to the Erie City Council for a ban on marijuana businesses. 

Colorado NORML, respectfully requests clarification from the District Attorney on Deputy District Attorney Booth’s statements.  

Was DDA Booth speaking for the District Attorney's office? If not, what is the District Attorney Office's policy for employees speaking at public meetings on law enforcement issues like this? If she was speaking on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, do you stand behind her statement? What are the facts that support it? Is it the official position of the District Attorney’s Office, that because Marijuana has been "involved" in homicides in the past, that it should not be regulated?

We thank you for your attention to this matter. 

  • Sincerely,
  • Rachel K. Gillette
  • Colorado NORML, Executive Director

DDA Booth's comments are below.

Katharina Booth, a chief deputy district attorney for Boulder County, highlighted the role marijuana plays in local crimes while supporting the ban.

Booth, who lives in Erie, said marijuana was present in every drug-related homicide in Boulder County during the past 20 years.

"This is not a crime-free drug," Booth said. "It's not an innocuous drug."

You can read the full article on the Daily Camera website.

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