Annapolis Police Chief Apologizes for MJ Misspeak

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  Annapolis Police Chief Apologizes for MJ Misspeak

Posted by CN Staff on February 25, 2014 at 19:03:27 PT
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun 
Source: Baltimore Sun 

Maryland -- Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop issued an apology Tuesday for inaccurate statements he made about deaths related to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.Pristoop, in testimony regarding legalization of marijuana, stated that overdoses on marijuana led to more than 30 deaths on the first day the drug was legalized in Colorado. That data was based upon a hoax story that ran on satirical and comedy websites.
"I apologize for the information I provided concerning the deaths. I believed the information I obtained was accurate but I now know the story is nothing more than an urban legend," the chief said in a statement. "This does not take away from the other facts presented in opposition to legalization or the good work of the Maryland Chiefs and Maryland Sheriffs associations."Pristoop was speaking before the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee, opposing the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, according to the statement from Annapolis police. His testimony was stopped by those on the committee who recognized the error.According to the statement from the police department, Pristoop discovered the data was "an urban myth" while following up on the report after the meeting.During the testimony Tuesday, police chiefs, sheriffs and states attorneys said loosening marijuana laws in Maryland would undermine drug enforcement — though they said their opposition did not extend to making medical marijuana more readily available to those who need it.Reporter Erin Cox contributed to this story.Source: Baltimore Sun (MD)Author: Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun Published: February 25, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Baltimore SunContact: letters baltsun.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #8 posted by runruff on February 28, 2014 at 19:26:28 PT
'erb an' legends?
Like getting high and telling ghost stories around the campfire?
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on February 28, 2014 at 06:46:18 PT
Urban Legend
I noticed that, too. It was a satire piece, not an urban legend. He can't be as ignorant as he acts and be the chief of such a large, metropolitan force. Can he?This reminds me of the bat testimony at a congressional hearing. I guess he'd believe that, too.
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Comment #6 posted by Oleg the Tumor on February 27, 2014 at 10:43:38 PT:
He Didn't Even Get the Apology Right!
"I now know the story is nothing more than an urban legend"I have never heard of anyone dying because of MJ because it never happened. There is no "legend". What legend? The Legend of Mickey the Clueless? Of that I have heard.The Legend of "Interception: The Choom Gang's Greatest Hits?" Of this, even the smallest children can sing by heart.The Legend of "Petitioning the Inappropriate-But-Not-As-Bad-As-Alcohol?". Memory of this one still stings.The Legend of the Prisoner of Schedule One? Sadly, yes we are all familiar with this and we shall constantly petition her release. It was a bad rap and everybody knows it.The Legend of the Deaf-as-a-post White House? The  reminder of this is constant and painful.How about the Legendary Joblessness we must suffer until this madness ends?How about "We the People . . ." Was that just an Urban Legend also? 
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Comment #5 posted by Paulpot on February 26, 2014 at 23:20:03 PT:
He knew it was BS.
He knew it was BS. 
He just thought he could get away with the same old reefer madness as usual.
It's worked for so long it's just habit to spew this garbage.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on February 26, 2014 at 11:37:04 PT
I saw the satire piece back when it happened.
It's difficult to imagine that he thought it was for real. That's tragic that he wanted it so badly that he swallowed it all... hook, line, and sinker. Reefer Madness at it's best. Reefer Madness, as I'm referring to it, is a strange phenomenon that effects those who have a truly ignorant and unnatural fear of the plant. They become so freaked out about the plant and it's very existence, and so insanely afraid of it and it's effects that a terrible imagination overcomes their better sense, if they have any, and they become mad... as insane. When afflicted with Reefer Madness, they lose their rational thought processes and, among other things, believe the most outright and blatant of lies. As in this instance. As long as it's something bad about the plant and it's effects, they'll jump on it and swallow it whole. Another really bad element of Reefer Madness is that they want to hurt people over the plant and all it's uses. They are even willing to kill over cannabis or even give their own life to keep someone else from having and using the plant.It's truly insane and they can't see it. I guess that's an essential element of true insanity. Not having a clue that they are actually... insane. 
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Comment #3 posted by bullhead on February 26, 2014 at 09:16:50 PT:
Dead People
I see dead people everywhere. Really what is this mans pay scale. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 25, 2014 at 19:41:50 PT
Satire: Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on February 25, 2014 at 19:07:05 PT

Police Said: We Don't Make The Laws
We just enforce the laws.That was the way it was but somewhere and somehow that all changed and it shouldn't have changed.
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