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State Sheriff’s Assoc. To Begin Push Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – When Florida voters go to the polls this November to cast their ballot on the legalization of medical marijuana, the state’s Sheriff’s Association wants them to vote no.

The Florida Sheriff’s Association is set to make a large push against legalization.

The association sent an email to sheriffs across the state during the winter asking for their support.

Sixty three of 67 sheriffs were in favor of opposing any measures to legalize the drug, according to the Tamp Bay Times.

The association is also looking for the support of substance-abuse awareness and anti-drug groups to be part of the “Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot” campaign. It also says there has been a spike in crime and traffic accidents in states that have passed similar legislation.

“Of the 20 states with the highest driver acknowledgement of drugged driving, 15 were states that have passed legislation legalizing marijuana,” the association said in a statement. “The Los Angeles and Denver police departments have reported significant increases in crime since marijuana was legalized in their respective states.”

The association said marijuana has a high potential for abuse and presents significant dangers to youths in the state.

“The legalization of marijuana will make this drug more readily available and easier to obtain by teens, as they would not need parental consent to get a ‘physician’s certification’ for marijuana,” the association said. “With no quality or dosage control, there is nothing in place to prevent these storefront marijuana dispensaries from selling to minors.”

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