Gilbert Police Chief Tim Dorn Won't Explain Harsh Stance on Medical Pot Law
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|Gilbert Police Chief Tim Dorn takes a harsher stance on medical marijuana than other Valley police authorities. He won't say why.|
Dorn's hiding behind his spokesman, Sergeant Bill Balafas, who tells New Times that we won't get an interview -- or any justification for Gilbert PD's policies -- from the chief.
Meanwhile, other Valley police agencies approach the voter-approved law differently.
The law states clearly that authorities should presume weed is being used medicinally if a valid cardholder possesses less than the statutory maximum of 2.5 ounces.
Phoenix police, for instance, figure that if someone they encounter has a little weed and a valid, state-issued card, the possession is legal. That's how voters intended the law to be interpreted.
We got into it on the phone today with Balafas, who grew frustrated with our questions about the varying policies among local police.
"We're enforcing the law," he says stiffly.
Another way to look at Gilbert's actions, though, is that Dorn doesn't care about the law.
The new medical-marijuana law, that is.
He certainly seem to care about marijuana prohibition laws. But why does he care so much?
That's another question the taxpayer-funded bureaucrat won't answer