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Marijuana debate ignites local viewpoints

Now that Colorado residents are free to walk into marijuana dispensaries every day, the debate about legalization has spread to other parts of the country, including Baldwin City.

Chief of Police Greg Neis said he recognizes both sides of the issue, but he believes legalizing marijuana would cause more harm than it’s worth.

“I see nothing but problems down the road,” Neis said. “It’s just like alcohol. How many drunk drivers do we have killed all the time? You legalize marijuana, they’ll get in their cars and they’ll drive.“

In addition to public safety, Neis and other opponents of legalization believe it will cause users to head toward new and stronger drugs.

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