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Friday, 02 November 2018 15:15

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SHERIFF NAPOLEON ENCOURAGES YOU TO VOTE NO ON LEGALIZING MARIJUANA

      My name is Benny N. Napoleon.  I am your elected Sheriff.  I have over four decades of experience in law enforcement, and I have been a firsthand witness to the destruction illegal drugs have caused in our community.   It is due to my experience, that I am writing this open letter to every resident of Wayne County.  It is my goal to encourage you to vote against the legalization of marijuana, this Election Day, by voting NO on Proposal 18-1. While the 100-word ballot proposal sounds relatively straightforward, the complete 16-page proposal contains many provisions that will undoubtedly prove harmful to our children, public safety, and our community.

      Under Proposal 18-1, anyone over 21 years of age will be able to possess 10-ounces of marijuana.  This equals 300-600 joints - which is 1,000% higher than nearly every other state that has legalized marijuana allows. In addition, a person can grow up to 12 plants. This growing can and will take place in your neighborhood. All this excess marijuana will cause an explosion in the black market, which contrary to public statements, has expanded in every other state that has legalized marijuana. Colorado and Washington have already documented foreign cartels moving in to traffic marijuana.

      Another serious problem will be the increased number of stoned drivers on our roads. There is no simple test to prove someone is driving under the influence of marijuana.  It requires an officer who has received specialized Drug Recognition Expert training and there are only about 75 such trained officers in all of Michigan.  It will be nearly impossible to prove that someone is legally stoned and shouldn’t be driving.  Unlike driving under the influence of alcohol, which has a set limit, marijuana metabolizes differently in each person. In Colorado, marijuana traffic related deaths have more than doubled since legalization. Every state that has legalized marijuana is experiencing increased marijuana related traffic crashes and deaths.

      However, the most serious negative consequence will be the impact legalized marijuana will have upon our children. Today’s marijuana is not the “Woodstock Weed” many of us grew up around. Much of the marijuana today has a THC content ( the ingredient that gets you high) that is 10 - 45 times greater than the marijuana of the 1960’s. Countless studies have confirmed that smoking marijuana can cause permanent brain damage when consumed by those under 25 years of age. States that have legalized recreational marijuana have seen an increase in youth marijuana use and Colorado is now ranked #1 in the nation for “past month marijuana use” (up from #4 in 2011/2012 and #14 in 2005/2006).

      Legalized marijuana is opposed by numerous community, school, health, and faith-based organizations including:  NAACP of Detroit, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals, Michigan Catholic Conference, Families Against Narcotics, the Michigan Sheriffs Association, and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. I encourage everyone to visit http://healthyandproductivemi.org, where you can find much more information regarding the negative consequences that can be expected if this proposal passes.

Please do the research and then vote NO on Proposal 18-1.

Sincerely,

Benny N. Napoleon, J.D., Sheriff

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