Police concerned about pot convention

July 28, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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PONTIAC, Mich., July 28 (UPI) -- Police in a Michigan city said a planned 3-day marijuana convention raises a number of legal issues.

Pontiac Police Chief Val Gross said the department just learned this week about the planned First International Cannabis Convention, scheduled for Halloween weekend at the recently reopened Pontiac Silverdome, and police have numerous concerns about legality, The Detroit News reported Wednesday.

Gross said the City Council recently passed a moratorium on medical marijuana initiatives and businesses within Pontiac.

"It (the convention) raises a wide variety of questions about what is not only inappropriate but illegal," Gross said. "One thing is certain -- marijuana is not legal in Pontiac. Any marijuana-smoking paraphernalia is not legal in Pontiac. And I believe, considering the new cigarette smoking laws in Michigan, smoking anything even in a privately owned building like the Silverdome is also illegal."

"The question is ... how are you going to enforce this?" he said.

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