Anaheim police hold panel discussing pros, cons of legalizing marijuana

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Anaheim police led a forum Tuesday, along with various experts, on the pros and cons of Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational marijuana use. (KABC)

Anaheim police led a forum Tuesday, along with various experts, on the pros and cons of Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational marijuana use.

People supporting and opposing the measure made their voices heard during the panel.

"This is an educational forum to really get the voting public aware of the elements of it," Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

The panel included Anaheim police officers and representatives from states that have already made marijuana legal. Washington spent many resources educating people about the legislation after voters approved it.

"Making sure that people understand what the initiative does and how can you stay in compliance with the laws and the rules that are in place now," said Justin Nordhorn of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Police Chief John Jackson from Greenwood Village, Colorado cautions voters about the impacts of pot on driving. He said the Colorado State Patrol is involved in a study that shows nearly 77 percent of each interaction of impaired driving is involved with marijuana.

Nate Bradley, president of the California Cannabis Industry Association, said Prop 64 gives money to the California Highway Patrol to help create better impairment standards. He argues that a yes vote will improve a public safety and the economy.

"If every dollar spent with an officer cutting down a plant is a dollar not being spent to go after a child predator or rapist," he said.

But Ken Corney with the California Police Chiefs Association said the issues the proposition can bring to police officers and the public's health would exceed any revenue earned by its passing.

Anaheim police held another panel Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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