If Amendment 3 passes, it will legalize the personal use of marijuana for people 21 and older.
“We have watched as marijuana arrests and convictions taxed the resources of our local police departments and caused real harm to neighborhoods,” said retired Lt. Diane Goldstein and current executive director of LEAP. “What people don’t see behind the scenes is that law enforcement has a duty to respond any time dispatch receives a call about these low-level marijuana offenses. They divert our attention from responding to and solving more serious crimes. These calls are a distraction and don’t serve the public interest.”
LEAP is a non-profit group of criminal justice professionals, including police, prosecutors and judges. According to their website, the group’s mission is to unite and mobilize law enforcement in criminal justice reforms that promote public safety. They focus on alternatives to arrest and incarceration, which include addressing the root causes of crime and healing police-community relationships.