MD Law Enforcement Faces A Tough Battle In Marijuana Debate - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

MD Law Enforcement Faces A Tough Battle In Marijuana Debate

Posted: Updated:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - It was a long day for local law enforcement in Annapolis.

Sheriffs' and police chiefs from across Maryland met to testify against the de-criminalization and legalization of marijuana today, but they say they were the minority compared to those in support of the measures.

Sheriff Mike Lewis of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says one factor most people do not realize is that the state will have to de-certify their drug dogs, who are trained to detect any amount of marijuana, and not a certain limit. Sheriff Lewis estimates that this could cost anywhere between $9,000 and $15,000 alone just in Wicomico County.

"That's an expense of Wicomico county tax payers. I have eight dogs here in Wicomico County, but imagine what they have within the Maryland State Police across the state."

Sheriff Lewis also argues that the legislation could open the door to more crime.

"Those who do not believe marijuana is a gateway drug, they are sadly wrong," says Sheriff Lewis. "There has rarely been an instance where I have intercepted millions of dollars in heroin or cocaine destined for the streets of Maryland, where those individuals have not been in possession of small amounts of marijuana in their pockets."

Sheriff Lewis says they will continue to fight against the measure, but after today's hearing, it seems more likely that the measure decriminalizing marijuana at the very least will pass.

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Skybox Giveaway - August 11

    Skybox Giveaway - August 11

    Win a SkyBox for you and 24 of your closest family and friends!More >>
    Win a SkyBox for you and 24 of your closest family and friends!
    More >>
  • Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Thursday, June 26 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-06-26 11:57:18 GMT
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • Delaware Reports 1st Case Of Mosquito Virus

    Delaware Reports 1st Case Of Mosquito Virus

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:41:20 GMT
    DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say Delaware has recorded its first case of a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading in the U.S. from the Caribbean.More >>
    DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say Delaware has recorded its first case of a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading in the U.S. from the Caribbean.More >>
  • Protect Your Home From Lightning Damage

    Protect Your Home From Lightning Damage

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:20:41 GMT
    CAMBRIDGE, Md- With the recent storms, and the ever-present potential for more throughout the summer, lightning poses major threat to homes.More >>
    CAMBRIDGE, Md- With the recent storms, and the ever-present potential for more throughout the summer, lightning poses major threat to homes.More >>
  • Salisbury's Christian Shelter Gets A Facelift

    Salisbury's Christian Shelter Gets A Facelift

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:09:19 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md- After rumors of a possible closure that would mean Salisbury's homeless population would have one less place to turn, the Christian Shelter is stepping forward saying they're not closing, but improvingMore >>
    SALISBURY, Md- After rumors of a possible closure that would mean Salisbury's homeless population would have one less place to turn, the Christian Shelter is stepping forward saying they're not closing, they're improving.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.