use of marijuana by individuals. If we want to have a debate about regulating or otherwise changing our legal focus on marijuana, let’s have that debate. We ask only that we make laws that are supported and enforced. The “Green Reaper” case is about neighborhoods and public safety, not individual use. Let’s keep our focus on the big picture, rather than getting distracted by potentially worthwhile but unrelated debate about personal use of marijuana.

Law enforcement should absolutely go after large-scale criminal enterprises, and I want to thank the DEA for partnering with local agencies to improve our neighborhoods.

Steve Strachan is Kent’s chief of police.

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