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Anti-drug group speaks out ahead of November ballot

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 22:37:35-04

Those opposed to legalizing marijuana are speaking out, ahead of the vote in November.  

Members of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, or CADCA, say it comes down to money.  Without proper funding, they say it's been hard to them to get their voices heard. 

"This is an addictive substance that people are going to misuse," says Sue Thau, the public policy consultant with CADCA. 

Last Summer, the first medical marijuana dispensary opened in the city of Las Vegas, and in November, the state could vote to legalize it recreationally.  

Thau says this is a bad idea.  

"We've seen a lot of negative impacts," says Thau.  

She's worried about marijuana use leading to an increase in crime and homelessness, and that the revenue wouldn't match what she calls the true cost of marijuana use, like car accidents, crime, and health care. 

Thau also worries only a small percentage of those with a medical marijuana card need it. 

Frank Hawkins, with Nevada Wellness Center, disagrees.  He argues Nevada has some of the toughest laws when it comes to someone getting a medical marijuana card. 

"The state is the most restrictive, and it takes the longest," says Hawkins. 

He says he only sees a benefit when it comes to legalizing marijuana recreationally.  

Thau just doesn't agree with people in Nevada having even more access to an addictive substance. 

"It makes you high and it impairs your judgment," says Thau.