Two high-profile officials from Colorado, where marijuana is legal, have publicly encouraged Arizona not to go the legalization route, according to a Sept. 22, 2016, article in The Arizona Republic.
Mayor John Suthers of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sgt. Jim Gerhardt of the Thornton, Colo., police department spoke in Phoenix at a Sept. 20, 2016, news conference opposing Arizona’s Proposition 205, which if passed this November would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Suthers said more children are using marijuana in Colorado now that it is legal.
“The problem with the leap to legalization is the message it sends to young people in terms of their perception of risk,” he said. “That’s what’s caused the dramatic increase in youth use in Colorado.”
Suthers and Gerhardt also said legalized marijuana would make prosecution for driving while impaired difficult.
They were joined by Jimmy Chavez, president of the Arizona State Troopers Association, who agreed with Suthers and Gerhardt. “Anyone who gets high and gets behind the wheel is gonna get a free pass,” Chavez said.