MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont police organizations say that Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration appears tolerant of marijuana.
The Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police, Vermont Sheriffs Association and the Vermont Police Association sent out a statement on Friday saying they are united against efforts for marijuana legalization and any proposed increases to marijuana dispensaries.
Gov. Peter Shumlin sent a letter Thursday to the association saying he was open to discussion about the marijuana policy but said he would not make a decision without examining all the facts.
The police statement says the chiefs of police previously voiced concerns about the appearance of the administration's "tolerance of marijuana" and they say they feel they've been "largely ignored." Police say their main marijuana-related concerns are health risks, highway safety and employment issues.
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