The New York State Sheriffs’ Association joined together on Thursday to come out against the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The main concerns surround traffic safety and the use of K9s following potential legalization. However, not all local sheriffs are outright against it. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said he has many questions that need to be answered before the law gets pushed through.
The sheriffs also say there’s no reason for this issue to be part of the budget, and instead, said it should be addressed in the session.
Albany County is already working on ways to prepare for potential legalization of recreational marijuana. District Attorney David Soares releasing a statement saying:
“As the state has already decriminalized minor marijuana possession and has legalized medical use, the decision to allocate our office resources away from low level marijuana prosecutions makes sense both economically and practically. I remain hopeful that our legislators will structure a well-thought-out and regulated industry that will re-invest revenue back into economically deprived urban and rural communities that have been crippled by the war on pot. I also urge our lawmakers to learn from the experiences of other states and make roadway safety a priority by investing in Drug Recognition Experts and trainings for law enforcement statewide.”