The Manhattan District Attorney came out today in support of medicinal marijuana. (Story at Newsday.com here).
I'd hate to write more before doing my research, but my understanding is that Morgenthau previously opposed lighter punishments for marijuana offenses (as compared to other drug offenses) and opposed drug treatment court models (preferring jail time as punishment for drug offenses).
So, this is an interesting turn of events. Could it be because Morgenthau, who has been in office since 1975, "might face a serious challenge for re-election this year for the first time in a long time," a former Judge by the name of Leslie Crocker Snyder? (Quote also thanks to Newday.com.)
Aaah, the world of elected D.A.s. Interesting indeed.