Sheriff Cameron Announces Press Conference

February 24, 2014
Sheriff Cameron

Sheriff Tim Cameron

On behalf of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association, Sheriff Tim Cameron would like to notify the citizens of St. Mary’s County of a press conference being held on February 25, 2014 at 11:00AM at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis.

Maryland Chiefs and Sheriffs opposing the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana will be participating in this press conference.

Senate Bills 364 and 658 Opposed by MCPA and MSA

Senate Bill 658, “The Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act,” would essentially legalize marijuana which is now a controlled dangerous substance. Senate Bill 364 would decriminalize the possession and use of marijuana changing Maryland law to enable the possession of 10 grams or less and alter the penalty to a civil offense punishable by a fine not exceeding $100. Chiefs and Sheriffs, representing the Maryland law enforcement community, understand the basis of the legislation but nevertheless are adamantly opposed. Maryland law enforcement executives believe, if enacted, this legislation will have a potentially crippling effect on public safety, highway safety and, most troubling, will negatively impact children.

A wide range of studies and verifiable facts clearly show that the recreational use of marijuana is not only controversial but produces psychological and physical problems particularly injurious to the health of adolescents. Traffic accidents, particularly fatalities, are often caused by drivers under the influence of illegal drugs. Marijuana is notably responsible for an increase in such accidents in states where decriminalization has occurred. The detectability of marijuana in drivers presents troubling difficulty for law enforcement and prosecution. Legalization or decriminalization of marijuana will also negatively impact our police officers’ ability to detect and interdict other illegal drugs which surely hurts public safety and may contribute to violence and other crimes. These are just a few of the many reasons why marijuana decriminalization is bad public policy and injurious to public safety.

Collectively, as partners who represent Maryland law enforcement, and as advocates for the safety of every citizen and visitor of Maryland, MCPA and MSA are opposed to SB 364 and SB 658. We invite members of the media to discuss this legislation and learn of the negative impact should it become law. Please join us at Lawyers’ Mall in Annapolis on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11AM

4 Responses to Sheriff Cameron Announces Press Conference

  1. Cheech and Chong on February 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Stop crying Tim I’ll smoke your share.

    • anonymous on February 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      I second that..its less harmful than alcohol. This corrupt fool could care less its all about trying to look good..

  2. Anonymous on February 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Interesting how he doesn’t take the opinion of the citizens to Annapolis, only his own.

  3. Anonymous on February 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I wish people would at least consider it as beneficial for medical purposes. It is better for you if taken in pill or food form than prescription pain killers, it is not physically addictive like prescription pain killers, and the medical professionals are finding new benefits all the time. Let people in pain have this safer alternative and maybe it will cut down on some of the people that go from pain killers to harder drugs.