Police Chief Rails Against Pot Legalization

OCEAN CITY – You hear about it in California, but in Ocean City?

Legalizing marijuana was briefly discussed during this week’s Police Commission meeting and along with it came a loud and clear message.

Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino brought to the commission’s attention the legislation initiative of legalizing medical marijuana in California.

“Being active with the International Association of Chiefs of Police that was one of the things we are very strongly against,” DiPino said.

According to DiPino, recently 26 states have now had medical marijuana on the legislative agenda in upcoming discussions. The Maryland Chief of Police Association have heard the “pros and cons” of legalizing the drug.

“I just wanted to bring it to your attention that it is something that I am defiantly against, and the department is against, and I think most law enforcements you’ll find is against,” DiPino said.

The chief said the subject would be on the radar in upcoming legislative sessions.

“It is something that is quite controversial,” DiPino said. “There is a lot of money that is backing the push for this…it is something that we are going to be actively opposing.”

DiPino explained that the areas in Canada and California that have legalized medical marijuana have stores that sell it with a doctor on location writing prescriptions.

“It isn’t being used for logistical medical uses that it is intended to be,” she said. “So that is where the concern is for the law enforcement community.”

The commission agreed that legalizing medical marijuana would never happen in this town.

“Just fight it,” Council President Jim Hall concluded.

7 comments on “Police Chief Rails Against Pot Legalization

  1. Of course DiPino and other police chiefs don’t want marijuana legalized: Local police agencies get a lot of federal money and really scary cop-toys with which to fight the ever-encroaching hoardes for dope smoking socialists. Simply put; it would put a serious dent in their block-ops budgets.

  2. Not quite all law enforcement types think like this. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition awaits you at leap.cc

  3. “The commission agreed that legalizing medical marijuana would never happen in this town.”

    I thought the people were the one’s who descided what new laws and regulations would go into effect after a vote. Will be happy when he is eating his words.

  4. All drugs should be legalized, honestly labelled and sold in the regulated manner of alcohol and tobacco. The drug war is simply Jim Crow in disguise. It has served as an excuse to build a police and prison state rife with cruelty and injustice.

  5. David: Agreed. Except smoking dope knows no political boundaries. 42.4% of Americans admit to smoking pot, which means that 42.4% of the police are smoking pot as well. They’re just in the closet thanks to Police Chief DiPino and those like her.

  6. Any one who “knows the pros and cons of legalization” would support legalization, cops want to keep marijuana illegal so they dont have to cut down on jobs, and so they can continue to steal money from people caught with enough marijuana.

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