Public Safety Committee discusses making marijuana less of a priority for police

Public Safety Committee discusses making marijuana less of a priority for police
Metro Council is considering making marijuana less of a priority for LMPD.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Members of the Louisville Metro Council talked cannabis at Wednesdays Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting.

The Council doesn’t have the authority to legalize marijuana, but the discussion focused on making marijuana one of the lowest priorities for police.

Several council members are in favor of the idea, saying it would lessen the work load for officers and save the city money by keeping offenders out of the court system and jail.

“What we have to decide as a civilized society and as a city that is in dire straights for every last dime that we can get is whether or not this continues to be a good usage of our energy and of our dollars,” said Jessica Green with Metro Council District 1.

Representatives from LMPD and the Mayor’s office were invited to join the conversation. Both declined, saying they do not have an official position on the issue.

Any type of legalization of marijuana would have to come from state lawmakers.

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