Island leaders oppose legalization of commercial marijuana

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Leaders from across Hawaii are uniting in their opposition to the legalization of commercial marijuana.

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In opening remarks, Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm said marijuana is not the same that it was years ago and the legalization will not make the black market go away.

“Legalizing today’s high potency marijuana will increase use among adults and children, cause more mental health problems, result in more fatal vehicle crashes, hurt tourism, and cost us all more money in the long run,” said Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm. “But together we can avoid the mistake other states have made by telling lawmakers we oppose legalizing commercial marijuana.”

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