Law Enforcement with Legalized Marijuana becomes more difficult. Ref: Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana and its Impact on Public Safety: A Practical Guide for Law Enforcement. Therefore, it is essential that every Law Enforcement Agency ( e.g. New Hampshire State Police, County Sheriff’s Departments, and local Police Department) speak up and share the problems that may be created and how it may affect future budget requests and staffing.
The Report states:
“When voters made Colorado the ﬁrst state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, law enforcement was presented with a new challenge: understanding and enforcing new laws that aim to regulate marijuana use, rather than enforcing laws that deem marijuana use to be illegal. Supporters of the new law claimed this would make things easier for police and save at least $12 million in taxpayer dollars on reduced law enforcement costs. Agencies across the state argue that has not been the case. The legislation to enact the new laws has been vague, and consequently difficult to enforce. Unforeseen problems have arisen, ranging from how to determine when a driver is legally under the inﬂuence of marijuana to how to deal with legal drug reﬁning operations in residential neighborhoods. Some Colorado law enforcement agencies have at least one full-time ofﬁcer dedicated to marijuana regulation and enforcement, but most agencies do not have this option and are struggling to deal with the additional workload brought by legalized marijuana.”