The group behind the medical marijuana 20-20 ballot initiative Mississippians for compassionate care needs just over 86-thousand signatures to be placed on the ballot and currently have around two-thirds of the signatures needed.
Today, Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun with The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department reacts to the initiative.
“That’s a part of our government that’s the way our system works and if they get enough signatures then it can be on a ballot and that’s our government in action, I fully support their right to do that.” Said Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department's Chief Deputy, Ward Calhoun
However Calhoun still has reservations with the initiative.
“We have been in a process for a number of generations actually of moving to allow more and more types of drugs and or items that we try to use to solve problems.” Said Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department's Chief Deputy, Ward Calhoun
At the end of the day Calhoun says he will abide by any new laws that are passed.
“I want to see what determination is made for that you know; in the law enforcement arena, we enforce the law as it is, what the law is at the time, and that’s what we’re going to is do our job if the state makes that determination then certainly we’re going to abide by the law.” Said Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department's Chief Deputy, Ward Calhoun
Calhoun’s Biggest Concern Is the potential abuse of marijuana.
“Individuals who operate motor vehicles under the influence of these types of drugs, people who are unable to function day in and day out because of their addiction on these drugs and many times those same people are the ones who end up committing criminal offenses in our community. “ Said Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department's Chief Deputy, Ward Calhoun