Virginia law enforcement speaks out against legal marijuana salesPosted by On

In a letter, several groups urged Virginia lawmakers to vote against creating a retail marijuana market in the state. But cannabis advocates dispute their claims.

NORFOLK, Va. — As the Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly gets closer to sending a bill to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin that could create a retail marijuana market, statewide law enforcement groups aren’t jumping on board.

“We are not ready for this, not when we need help on so many other factors before we can do this safely,” said Dana Schrad, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Foundation’s executive director.

Schrad and several other law enforcement organizations penned a letter to the members of the General Assembly arguing that a legalized retail marijuana market could impact public safety.

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Part of the letter claims “A retail market in Virginia will mean an increase in crime, arrests, DUI’s with no significant change in tax revenue.”

The groups also claimed “cannabis is more addictive than alcohol,” and cited a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that found around 30% of cannabis users have cannabis use disorder, compared…

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