"The nation’s sheriffs are calling on Washington and state capitals to slow the rush to legalize marijuana because they are seeing a surge in crime and highway accidents in areas where it is already legal to buy.
The National Sheriffs’ Association polled its members on the impact of legal marijuana and found that it is causing significant problems and costing departments more money to handle the growing crisis.
- Some 65% said that crime has increased where marijuana has been legalized.
- Eighty-four percent linked it to impaired driving and accidents.
- And 74% said that they need “an increase in personnel, resources and training” to handle the surge in marijuana-related cases..."