Colorado vote sparks weed war
Should recreational pot smoking be legal?
- Duration 4:49
- Date Nov 24, 2012
Should recreational pot smoking be legal?
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Back Colorado and Washington may be some of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana for recreational use but.
-- is still illegal at the federal level meaning users.
Can still be prosecuted.
Now dozens and -- law enforcement community are urging the Department of Justice.
Not to interfere with the State's rights joining us now is Neil Franklin she is the director of law enforcement against.
Prohibition he co wrote the letter to attorney general Eric Holder saying the Justice Department should abide by Colorado's new law.
Also joining us as bishop Ron Allen head of the international faith based coalition.
And a former drug addict good morning to both of view.
Good morning -- thanks -- let me start with you in the letter you wrote to Eric Holder you say this is not a challenge this is an invitation why do you want.
The DOJ to stay out of this and I should tell our viewers you are -- former narcotics regional commander for the Maryland state police say you know what you speak.
Why do you want the DOJ to stay out.
Well it's not just me at 783 other.
Criminal justice professionals from our organization law enforcement against prohibition.
We want to Eric Holder to give -- a chance the voters decided to voters are educated today.
And in Colorado Washington and they decided that they want to give this to go they realize separate communities have become extremely violent.
From the prohibition of marijuana.
Nationally across this country we arrest over 830000.
Men and women every year most of those arrest these are black.
And we stand a better chance of keeping marijuana away from our children and are regulated and controlled market under the policies of prohibition.
Kids can gain access.
Do dealers do not ask for ID.
They do not.
Ask for proof of your age all they wanna see is the money -- so we'll have a reduced number of access points for -- children.
Bishop Ron Allen what do you think of the notion that.
This could allow this could prevent children from getting their hands on marijuana.
Neil Franklin -- -- miss guided.
And so with the -- meet.
Is air and -- ethical.
Contradict -- group of drug legal -- who at one time Neal Franklin.
Took an oath to uphold the -- And enforce the -- for the state of California now.
You guys are saying to -- Different states and especially state of California.
I to break federal rob that's total contradiction and you got -- -- not.
We are there any -- a lot of important.
-- enforcement there is no way possible.
You can think that by legalizing marijuana will decrease the youth you know Neal Franklin if you.
I decreased to harm brick up reception of any drug.
It will go up it will be used more.
And if you make it more available with point to go what we see that right now we have an 80% increase you know -- -- our youth.
First of all you already more available under prohibition I've listened to you.
It's already more available under prohibition because we have drug deal was -- just about every corner it's time to get off -- -- corners.
In into regulators stores and market first of all our organization does not to promote the use of any drug including many are that are legal if you.
Are promoting you talked about it we already have illegal drugs are we have to drugs that are legal we have to battle.
That's -- legal wit let's talk about tobacco and we -- and we have to help and we got -- we have hello.
That's ideal parent doing such a good just talk about it now and got a legal Ramos had a gift give the grind radio.
Bet you're real quickly on tobacco go ahead about tobacco over the past couple decades through education and treatment.
We have reduce the consumption of tobacco almost and hat.
So yeah we know him problem and we stand a better chance of yeah but it maybe we -- -- the -- -- there's a -- us back.
We expect gesture likely alcohol probe if we look and yeah -- -- and ideally before bishop Allen go ahead and have the last word here.
We expect Eric Holder to uphold.
Winds -- Eric Holder and uphold federal rocker we expect Eric Holder to do its job and Neal Franklin can't -- Freaky for one moment that by legalizing marijuana are eating illicit drugs.
OK we got to leave it there are folks we want to hear from you let me know on Twitter Dave Briggs TV what should the DOJ do thank you both for a spirited debate this morning.
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