JPD Chief Yates speaks out on Issue #5

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While speaking to an Out of the Dark Coalition group today, Police Chief Michael Yates let it be known that he isn't for ballot issue number five, the measure to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas.

Yates says one of his biggest concerns is who will supervise medical marijuana and make sure people aren't using it illegal.

"Well I don't know whose going monitor it and who will be in charge of enforcing the regulation associated with medical marijuana," said Yates.

The outcome of legalizing medical marijuana in other places has him concerned for the city of Jonesboro.

"Most places that have some form of legalized in some form or another, its been a disaster so hopefully we won't find ourselves in the same position," explained Yates.

If Issue Five does pass on Tuesday Yates said he's not sure what it will mean for the city of Jonesboro.

"I don't think anybody knows that and I think that contributes to our concerns nobody knows what the outcome is going to be."

But Yates does say before anyone votes on the issue, they should look into the facts for themselves.

"Do diligence and find out all the facts themselves and not just accept the canned statements of any suppose expert or law enforcement," said Yates.

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