Albany Sheriff Craig Apple weighs in on Massachusetts dispensaries

November 20, 2018 11:43 PM

ALBANY - It took two years since nearly two million Massachusetts residents voted to approved the sale of medical marijuana.

Now, two dispensaries finally opened their doors for business.

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"I'm sure there were people in line today from New York then went over there to try to get it you just have to remember he can come back with it."

The closeness in proximity of Cultivate Holdings in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton has Sheriff Craig Apple reminding those in our state that driving under the influence is illegal and he's especially wary of edibles.

"Whether you're eating something, if it's a brownie or a candy bar or whatever it may take 30 minutes to get through your liver once it's through and then it goes up in your brain so it's going to be with you for hours," Apple said.

He says marijuana is ten times more potent as it used to be in the 1970's and 1980's.

"I'm here for the history of it. I haven't smoked pot in 25 years and the truth is, I'm pretty suspicious of the whole thing," Massachusetts resident Mike Rooney said.

Rooney says he worries about the number of studies out of Colorado showing a link between regular marijuana use and mental health. 

Sheriff apple still firmly believes it's a gateway drug and is reminding New Yorkers that while no breathalyzer exists to detect drugs, if you're caught by a Drug Recognition Expert while driving high, you can face a maximum of a year in jail.

"Again everything in moderation and people need to be cognizant of what they're doing I'm very concerned about the potency rates, people are going to think they're fine to drive they're gonna get in the car and something horrific can happen," Apple said.

As of December 1st Albany County will no longer prosecute anyone accused of having up to 2 ounces of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of three months in jail.

Instead, low level marijuana cases, will receive a violation similar to a traffic ticket.


Karen Tararache

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