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Sheriff Says Legalizing Marijuana Is Not The Answer

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Last November voters in Grand Rapids, Ypsilanti, Flint and Detroit, decriminalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and the same could be true for Lansing and Jackson.

No matter how big or small the amount,Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth says marijuana should not be legal for every day use.

"If you have an ounce of marijuana or a pound of marijuana, you tell me the difference I can't figure it out," Sheriff Wriggelsworth said.

That's because the sheriff says no matter the size the affect is the same on society and because of that, he is against anything that alters someone's judgement.

"Typically it's a gateway drug, you talk to people on the stronger drugs and almost always started with something less."

Which the sheriff says in many cases is marijuana and since the approval of medical marijuana in Michigan in 2008, it's only caused problems for law enforcement.

"Now you catch people that are doing something illegal and they've got marijuana but more than the exceeded amount, but they have a card and they start screaming foul right away that it's for me and I'm sick and all the arguments that go with that, it will be no different with this."

Making it that much harder for police to enforce and the prosecutor's office to issue warrants, leaving the sheriff with this question.

"What is the upside, tell me the good part about this, nobody ever wants to talk about, what's the good part about making small amounts of marijuana legal, I haven't heard an argument for that," Sheriff Wriggelsworth said.

And until he does Sheriff Wriggelsworth says he can't support the legalization of Marijuana.

It is unclear at this point which state lawmakers introduced the controversial proposal.

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