LISTEN: Expert Says Legal Pot Hurting Idaho Police Recruit Numbers

Apr 20, 2016

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Today, April 20th, is a bit of a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts. It's a day when they get together to smoke what has traditionally been an illegal drug. That on its own is not necessarily news. 

But it is the backdrop for this notion: Idaho is seeing a sharp decline in the number of new police recruits, in part, because it's easier than ever to smoke pot legally

The Twin Falls Times-News this week detailed the trend. One of the paper's sources was Don Hall, a former police sergeant in Twin Falls who now teaches law enforcement recruits at the College of Southern Idaho.

Hall says he's watched recruit numbers fall as places like Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana. 

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