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Sheriffs Voice Marijuana Concerns

December 9th, 2016 by flanews

Now that amendment 2 passed and expanded medical marijuana will be allowed in the state, how will law enforcement handle it? Matt Galka spoke with the Florida Sheriff’s association, a group that didn’t back the measure.

Florida voters spoke loud and clear on medical marijuana when the approved it with 71 percent of the vote.

But Florida Sheriff’s weren’t among the many singing the drug’s praises. The Florida Sheriff’s Association opposed Amendment 2 both in 2014 and this year.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is also the president of the FSA.  Now that Amendment 2 has passed, law enforcement still has their concerns and hope the legislature hears them.

“We want to make certain that as the rules are put in place that the packaging of the different products marijuana byproducts for medical purposes look like medicine so that if it falls in the hands of unsuspecting individuals, children that it doesn’t look like it’s something that it’s not,” he said.

And supporters agree that law enforcement should have a seat at the table while Amendment 2 is implemented.

Medical Marijuana Business Association founders Jeff Sharkey and Taylor Biehl believe the sheriff’s voice will be heard

“Absolutely, public safety, educators need to have involvement, substance abuse and training folks need to be involved, and I think that conversations been going on and I think it will continue,” said Sharkey.

And lawmakers aren’t waiting around. A Florida Senate committee will hold their first workshop on Amendment 2 implementation next week.

Recent studies indicate that medical marijuana sales in Florida could top the one billion dollar mark in the next three years.

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