ANNAPOLIS, Md. - As the support for legalizing marijuana in Maryland grows, an army of law enforcement leaders showed up in Annapolis to push back.
Legalizing pot has been one of the most polarizing issues of the session so far and that was evident today by the packed statehouse.
Among the group against legalizing pot was Anne Arundel County police Chief kevin davis and Harford County sheriff Jesse Bane. Many police chiefs in Maryland think Colorado and Washington should not serve as a model here.
Citing issues like smoking in public, harmful effects of second hand smoke from marijuana and insufficient marijuana impairment tests, the group urged caution.
The Maryland Chiefs of Police Association also said that the idea of legalization resulting in less violence is an unproven statistic.
“We form a united front with the chiefs of police across the state of Maryland,” said Sheriff Michael Lewis of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. “Marijuana legalization is not the answer. It slaps in the faces of law enforcement officers who have dedicated their lives, many of whom have died, dedicated their lives to protect the citizens of the great state of Maryland."
Several states attorneys were part of the group today as well; all joining to urge caution saying the legalization of marijuana is not the answer. Members of the association were specifically speaking against marijuana for recreational use and not medical use.