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Connecticut Cops Told: Get Ready for Legal Recreational Marijuana

BRIDGEPORT — Robert Ticer is no fan of legalized recreational marijuana.

And the Avon, Colo., police chief said Thursday that more pot in Connecticut’s future would increase challenges for cops on this state’s roads.

“It’s mind-boggling,” he said of marijuana’s spread through Colorado, speaking at the Webster Bank Arena as part of a traffic safety summit. “It’s crazy.”

Full legalization was approved as a Colorado constitutional amendment in 2013, and there are now 505 medical dispensaries and 322 retail stores selling recreational cannabis — outnumbering the 405 Starbucks stores and 227 McDonald’s — Ticer said.

Legalization of marijuana may be just around the corner in Connecticut, where medical cannabis was legalized in 2012. The veteran Colorado chief told cops at the Webster Arena summit, sponsored by the state Department of Transportation, to prepare for the consequences. [Read more at the CT Post]

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