Police Chief Tim Ledford releases statement on medical marijuana legalization

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford released a statement today reaffirming his opinion that medical marijuana should not be legalized in North Carolina. Ledford told the Charlotte Observer:

“If people start accepting the use, even if it’s medical marijuana use, people tend to see that being more liberal, more accepting.”

Representative Nick Mackey of Charlotte is working on a bill in the state legislature that will legalize medical use of the drug. Mackey got support for legalization from an unlikely source: the Meck Deck blog, which in the past has not been very friendly to the state representive. However, it was Ledford who took the brunt this time. Said Jeff Taylor, the primary writer for the blog,

“Chief, when you make Nick Mackey sound like a statesman, you might want to start over.”

Ledford is the President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. He heavily cited in today’s press release the The International Association of Chief’s of Police analysis of California and Arizona medical marijuana propositions. According to the IACP, The Arizona proposition was not a success.

In essence, the proposition legalized all Schedule I drugs for everyone in the state. Two doctors were required to write prescriptions for Schedule I drugs; however, no age limit is specified for individuals seeking drugs for medicinal purposes. The law also allowed for the release of over 1,000 felons from prison on the premise that they were sent there for minor, non-violent drug crimes.


Blast from the past: What was the cost for the current town hall?

The town of Mint Hill will begin accepting bids for construction of a new town hall in October. The cost will probably be around $6 million for 24,000 square feet. How much did the current town hall cost? Here are the minutes from the 1983 Board of Commissioners meeting where the expenditures are outlined. Included in this cost was the maintenance facility. Not included in this cost was the five acres of land donated by the McEwen family.


Mint Hill Police want you to dispose of meds properly

Mint Hill Police will participate in Operation Medicine Drop, a program aimed at providing the public a safe and secure method for disposing of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. Poisonings from prescription medications is on the rise in North Carolina – since 1999 more than 75 percent of all unintentional poisonings were caused by prescription or over-the-counter medications (source N.C. Division of Public Health). Continue reading