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Vt. police and Gov. Shumlin feud over pot

BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Vermont law enforcement and Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, are at odds over marijuana.

Friday the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police, Vermont Sheriff's Association and the Vermont Police Association, sent a letter to Shumlin voicing their united stand against legalization efforts and the push for more medical marijuana dispensaries.

The three groups accuse the governor of taking a tolerant stand on pot and say their concerns have been ignored by the Shumlin administration.

Law enforcement officials say they're worried about public safety and the health of Vermonter's if marijuana were to be legalized.

Shumlin fired back defending what he called the state's therapeutic marijuana program, claiming it is among the most highly regulated and closely monitored in the country.

Shumlin says he's unaware of data demonstrating an increase in crime or drug abuse linked to medical marijuana and supports upping the number of state dispensaries.

When it comes to legalization Shumlin says there is much Vermont can learn from states like Colorado and Washington, but says he would not make a decision on legalizing pot without considering public safety, public health and costs.

Shumlin added that he looks forward to working with law enforcement on the issue.

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