This Tuesday, newly-appointed Attorney General Gurbir Grewal told the state Senate Budget Committee that he believed legalizing recreational cannabis would pose challenges to state police, and that officials were already taking steps to prepare. Html”>already met with law enforcement from canna-legal states to discuss the issues raised by legalization. He said that the state already has 400 officers trained as “drug recognition experts,” who have prepped to spot drivers who are under the influence of cannabis or other drugs.
The attorney general also said that drug-sniffing dogs would also need to be retrained. “They don’t differentiate between marijuana and cocaine, heroin, or whatever it may be, so we have some challenges there. The official noted that whatever form legalization might take, it will certainly prohibit minors from using cannabis. He also added that his “message to children, or high school students and even younger, is don’t do any of this Don’t drink. Don’t smoke any drugs, and don’t even experiment with pills. “
State Senator Tony Bucco, who runs a adhesives manufacturing company, expressed concerns that it will be more difficult to detect a employee that is stoned at work, compared to an employee that has been drinking on the job. “I have equipment that could be very dangerous and if there’s an accident or one of my employees happens to fall into one of the mixing tanks, I’m out of business.
While local law enforcement is preparing for the eventuality of legalization, some politicians at the hearing indicated that they were still opposed to the idea of legal marijuana.