On Friday, January 12, 2024, Franklin County Free Press reported that Rob Greene had resigned from his position as District Attorney of Warren County, Pennsylvania, citing his disagreement with the state’s ban on recreational marijuana. In an interview with The Center Square on his last day in office, Greene stated that prosecuting marijuana cases was a waste of law enforcement resources.
As D.A., Greene argued that public safety was not threatened by legalization. He believed the office should instead focus on combating hard drugs like meth, fentanyl, and heroin. Greene emphasized that Warren County’s drug task force was the primary tool used against such substances.
The now-former D.A. obtained a medical marijuana card and said he would not seek a fourth term in office. However, due to federal law, Greene was required to surrender his firearm license to the county sheriff upon announcing his medical cannabis use. He intends to file a lawsuit challenging the revocation of his firearm license, addressing Second Amendment concerns related to legalization.
Greene has advocated publicly for ending marijuana prohibition. Despite conservative rural values in Warren County, he believes partisan politics and financial interests, not rural dissent, are the main roadblocks delaying cannabis legalization at the state level.
Source: Franklin County Free Press