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Clay sheriff against marijuana legalization

BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

The spokesperson for Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said the sheriff supported a resolution passed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association opposing the legalization of marijuana in Florida.

In a Jan. 16 statement, the association said “Florida’s sheriffs believe that approving broad exceptions to current state and federal law that would allow doctors to authorize use of marijuana for virtually any reason with little regulation will hurt children and families and lead to a lower quality of life for all.”

The statement said a majority of sheriff’s supported the resolution. Mary Justino, public information coordinator for Beseler said he supported the resolution.

The association said that the Los Angeles and Denver police departments have reported increased crime rates since their states legalized marijuana.  It also said that marijuana use among teens in Colorado is 50-percent higher than the national average.

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