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Law enforcement group backs “YES” vote on recreational marijuana amendment

John Payne John Payne | October 30, 2022
The General Election is on November 8
The General Election is on November 8(kytv)
Published: Oct. 30, 2022 at 4:52 PM CDT|Updated: 7 hours ago

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) announced their support for voting yes on Amendment 3 on the upcoming Nov. 8 ballot.

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.

“We have watched minds change around the country,” said Goldstein. “Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have already done this, and the results are easy to see. The first states to legalize, Washington and Colorado, are seeing improvements in the number of cases solved because police are able to dedicate their time where it matters most—apprehending criminals and helping the victims and survivors of crime.”

Information about all ballot measures, including Amendment 3, in the upcoming election, can be found on Missouri’s Secretary of State’s website.

Law enforcement group backs “YES” vote on recreational marijuana amendment
Law enforcement group backs “YES” vote on recreational marijuana amendment