Police Chief Apologizes for Citing Urban Legend in Testimony Opposing Legalization of Marijuana
Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 06:37 PM EST
An Annapolis police chief is apologizing for citing incorrect data during testimony opposing the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana.
On Tuesday February 25, 2014 Chief Michael Pristoop testified in front of the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee during which he indicated a number of deaths occurred in Colorado on the first day of marijuana legalization in that State. Pristoop later discovered that the numbers presented were not accurate but an urban myth.
"I apologize for the information I provided concerning the deaths," Pristoop said. "I believed the information I obtained was accurate but I now know the story is nothing more than an urban legend," He added, "This does not take away from the other facts presented in opposition to legalization or the good work of the Maryland Chiefs and Maryland Sherriff’s Associations."
According to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Pristoop was publicly corrected by one of the presiding senators who pulled up the hoax on his phone to explain that the story was a joke.
"I'm not going to get into the safety or danger of marijuana-the destructive policy of prohibition is what we're discussing here today," LEAP Executive Director Major Neill Franklin said. "But any college student can tell you no person has ever died of a marijuana overdose. If police don't bother to educate themselves before testifying before the state senate in the issue, how is anyone supposed to take seriously their commitment to establishing the best marijuana policy-not for the funding it brings their departments in asset forfeiture and federal grant revenue-but for the people of Maryland?"