Recreational marijuana one of the topics at HPD Commission meeting
The Honolulu Police Department met for its monthly Commission meeting and one of the topics that came up was recreational marijuana.
According to Police Chief Susan Ballard if Hawaii's lawmakers pass bills legalizing recreational marijuana, there could be an uptick in marijuana-related injuries.
Chief Ballard says that in states like Colorado, there's been at least a 50-percent increase in people driving under the influence of marijuana.
She also mentioned she was disappointed because the main purpose of the bill was to help create revenue for the state.
Police Chief Susan Ballard said if Hawaii's lawmakers pass bills legalizing it they could see a uptick in marijuana-related injuries.
She stated that in states like Colorado there's been at least a 50-percent increase in people driving under the influence of marijuana.
"And that just bothers the p-turkey out of me because you could do this with facts, but something that we have to consider is the social aspects of it because not only will our kids be smoking marijuana, they're going to have access to edibles. Okay, so they're going to be eating the brownies, and all this other stuff, taking it to school, passing it to other kids," Chief Ballard said.
Other topics that were brought up were a way to map crimes in Honolulu and keeping a better eye on officers when out on the road.