“..The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol got a key endorsement today from various members of the law enforcement community -
- who say that marijuana prohibition has failed – and Colorado’s Amendment 64 is a sensible alternative.
The endorsement comes from former police officers, prosecutors and judges who announced their support of the Colorado initiative at a Thursday press conference in front of the Denver City-County Building.
At the press conference the campaign also announced endorsements of Amendment 64 from the National Latino Officers Association and Blacks in Law Enforcement of America – as well as Colorado State Public Defender Doug Wilson.
“Law enforcement officers know better than anyone that keeping marijuana illegal and unregulated means the gangs and cartels that control the illegal trade win -
- and the rest of us lose,” Lt. Tony Ryan (Ret.), 36-year veteran of the Denver Police Dept. who attended the press conference and said in a statement.
“Our current marijuana laws distract police officers from doing the job we signed up for -
- protecting the public by stopping and solving serious crimes.
They also put us at risk by forcing us to deal with an underground marijuana market made up of gangsters, cartels, and other criminals.”
The campaign also released a signed letter of endorsement from various members of Colorado’s law enforcement community -
- clearly outlining why these law enforcement professionals back an end to pot prohibition.
From the letter:..”
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