A Washington Sheriff is giving Oregon voter’s some important information regarding the legalization of marijuana: it’s working. The King County (Seattle) Sheriff spoke out in a video for the “Yes on 91” campaign released this Monday. In the video, Sheriff John Urquhart tells Oregonians, “The evidence keeps coming in, our new approach is working. Month by month, tax dollars are going to schools and police, not the drug cartels.” Urquhart also sites that wasteful arrests are down, along with the number of DUIs.
Sheriff Urquhart isn’t just blowing smoke either. He is a veteran with a career of 36 years in law enforcment including time as a patrol officer and a street-level narcotics detective. He first issued his support for legalization back in 2012 while running for King County Sheriff.
His support ranges from his home state all the way to the nation’s capitol in 2013 where he told Congress, “My experience shows me that the war on drugs has been a failure. We have not significantly reduced demand over time but we have incarcerated generations of individuals with the highest incarceration rate around the world.”
Urquhart went on to tell Congress “We, the government have failed the people and now they want to try something else. Too often the attitude of the police is, We’re the cops, you’re not. Don’t try to tell us how to do our jobs. Thats the wrong attitude.”
It’s refreshing to see this type of rhetoric being used to educate the United States Senate as well as voters who struggle to find accurate and trustworthy information about the legalization of cannabis. It’s clear that Urquhart’s intentions are pure and who better to speak out on the issue than a man who has spent most of his life locking up citizens for the opposing team. Now it’s up to Oregon voters to decide as ballots are cast this fall.
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