April 28, 2014
Florida Marijuana Legalization Efforts Opposed By Cops Who Claim Legal Weed Causes Crime

The Florida marijuana legalization efforts are being opposed by the Florida Sheriff's Association, which claims that legal weed can cause an increase in crime and traffic violations.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, Colorado's marijuana taxes are expected to bring in nearly $100 million in tax revenue this year, a figure that exceeds the state's original expectations by 40 percent. Unfortunately, it's claimed that police in other states are profiling Colorado license plates and pulling people over to search for cannabis purchased in the state where it's legal. New Jersey state governor Chris Christie has also slammed Colorado's recreational marijuana legalization laws.

In the case of Florida, marijuana legalization efforts are so far only proposing that medical marijuana become legal. But the Florida Sheriff's Association claims the proposed state amendment is too broad in scope and may make it too easy for storefront marijuana dispensaries to sell their products to anyone, not just those are truly suffering. They are also trying to raise awareness of substance-abuse awareness and anti-drug groups to join in with their "Don't Let Florida Go To Pot" campaign.

Now the vast majority of sheriffs, or 63 out of 67, are in favor of opposing the Florida marijuana legalization efforts completely with no exceptions. The primary reason they cite for their opposition is that "crime and traffic crashes are up in states that passed legislation legalizing marijuana." Unfortunately for the Florida Sheriff's Association, this claim has already been put to the test and found lacking. Advocates for legal weed are already crowing about the Coloroado crime statistics since the recreational marijuana laws passed. Property crimes in Denver alone have fallen 14.6 percent and violent crimes dropped by 2.4 percent when the very opposite was predicted before the laws were passed.

Another controversial claim is that teenagers may be able to secure a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana without parental consent. But in this case the legal weed is a non-euphoric form of medical marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web" which would be allowed to be prescribed by doctors to children who are suffering from life-threatening seizures. This is actually fairly limited in scope even compared to previous Florida marijuana legalization efforts, which attempted to allow people to possess and grow their own cannabis when the person suffering from debilitating medical conditions.