10/21/2013 05:17 pm ET Updated Oct 22, 2013

Cops Association President Uses Eric Holder Introduction To Attack DOJ's Stance On Marijuana

The head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police used his introduction of Attorney General Eric Holder at a conference in Philadelphia on Monday to attack the Justice Department's recent decision to let Washington and Colorado implement a regulatory system for marijuana.

Craig T. Steckler, president of the IACP, was met with applause when he said the organization "strongly" disagrees with the decision not to challenge the new marijuana laws, according to Stateline.

"We are disappointed with the decision," Steckler added, according to the report. "We think we’ve opened the floodgates to people who want to fully legalize all drugs."

Steckler said the decision was a "slippery slope that will be hard to turn away from," and that his organization's relationship with the Justice Department was like a contentious marriage, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Holder quipped that they "may need marriage counseling," the Inquirer reported.

Steckler previously signed onto a letter along with other law enforcement organizations that stated the "failure of the Federal government to act in this matter is an open invitation to other states to legalize marijuana in defiance of federal law," and warned that marijuana could cause suicidal thoughts, impair driving and be a "gateway drug."



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