Florida police chiefs oppose Amendment 2

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Joining a list of critics that includes sheriffs, doctors and Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the Florida Police Chiefs Association said this week that it’s against Amendment 2, the measure that would expand Florida’s state-regulated cannabis industry.

“The Florida Police Chiefs Association strongly opposes any and all proposals that would legalize or decriminalize the sale, possession or use of marijuana,” said Executive Director Amy Mercer in a statement. “Our top priority is the safety of our citizens and communities, and we believe this amendment may create more problems than it intends to alleviate.”

The police chiefs also raised concerns about edible forms of cannabis that look like candy, and the specter of stoned drivers on Florida roads. Polls show the amendment is likely to pass Nov. 8.

The Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Medical Association also are opposed to Amendment 2.

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