Mid-Michigan sheriffs speak out against recreational marijuana initiative

Concerns about crime rates, drug addiction and long-term health and safety have sheriffs in mid-Michigan joining law enforcement officials across the state in opposition to a statewide ballot proposal that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. 

Sheriffs Michael Main of Isabella County, John Wilson of Clare County and Doug Wright of Gratiot County signed their names alongside at least 70 other Michigan sheriffs in opposition to Proposal 18-1 set to be decided on Tuesday’s ballot. 

They join the Michigan Sheriffs Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals, and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan in endorsing a campaign against the initiative by a group called Healthy and Productive Michigan, in a final push to sway public opinion on the measure. 

Proposal 1 seeks to legalize the use and possession of small quantities of marijuana and marijuana edibles by those 21 and older. Taxes collected on sales

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