Maine Voices: Make marijuana laws the lowest priority for police to enforce

June 16th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: June 16
Updated: Today at 7:17 PM

Maine Voices: Make marijuana laws
the lowest priority for police to enforce

Officers in Portland should use their limited resources on more serious crimes, and that policy should be codified in an ordinance.

PORTLAND – A quick survey of any Portland Press Herald issue reveals that Portland police have a lot on their plate; vandalism, graffiti, an increase in violent crime and the growing narcotics problem, to name just a few pressing issues.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Eder, a former state legislator from Portland, is a spokesman for the Sensible Portland campaign.

Given our limited financial resources, the need to protect medical marijuana users not covered under the current dispensary laws, and our schizophrenic national marijuana laws, a group of Portland residents has begun petitioning for sensible marijuana reform in our city.

Our group, Sensible Portland, began petitioning in late May for one simple reason: The laws governing the use of marijuana are fundamentally broken. They neither protect those who should not use it nor allow those who need it to easily access it. Hundreds of Portland voters who have signed the petition have so far eagerly agreed.

The proposed citizen ordinance would make the possession of marijuana the “lowest legal priority” for Portland police, and for a very

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/make-marijuana-laws-the-lowest-priority-for-police-to-enforce_2011-06-16.html

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