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December 10, 2012

POT BOILING OVER?

Chief feels legalizing marijuana opens Pandora's Box

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “I don’t remember the last person sent to jail for marijuana,” Eggert said. “I would bet most of the people who are in there smoke marijuana. A lot who may have been arrested had marijuana in possession, but we don’t send somebody to jail for smoking marijuana. A lot of times, marijuana isn’t the only charge.”

In a sense the state has decriminalized marijuana possession, but still kept the stigma of illegal by making it a violation, Eggert explained.

“If it’s illegal, it draws a line for kids. It gives them a reason not to use it. If illegal, as a parent, I can tell my kids not to use it.,” Eggert said. “There are a lot of arguments. All I have to do as a parent, say don’t use it because it’s illegal.”

Possession of less than 25 grams is not a misdemeanor crime. It is a violation.

“They’ve reduced it by a certain degree, but you still have that line,” the chief said. 

Growers have increased ability to better cultivated marijuana and have increased potency. It’s a lot higher now, more powerful.

If legalized, Eggert is concerned about progression. “Our society could become a whole bunch of drup users,” he said. “It’s a stretch to go from legalizing marijuana to collapsing society, but the progression is there. Why don’t we just tax cocaine, too. It’s a Pandora’s box, once you open it a little, how far are you going to let it go before you shut it again? 

They shouldn’t legalize takes away the last hurdle.”

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