Ex-DEA agents promote Prop. 205

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Some unlikely proponents for Arizona's recreational marijuana initiative went to Arizona State University's Tempe campus for support.

Two retired agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration encouraged ASU students to pass Prop. 205, which would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.

Former DEA agent Finn Selander said legalizing would have a positive impact on the war on drugs, a war he said we're losing.

"It will take money from the cartels. That money that would normally go to the cartels would be put back into the community," Selander said.

But Levi Bolton, Jr., who heads up the Arizona Police Association, disagrees.

"The notion that drug cartels will somehow be cut out of the picture is not only obtuse but actually naïve," Bolton said.

The APA represents nearly 14,000 law officers across the state. Bolton said while he's heard some successes from people in state's who have legalized it, he's not sold.

"Talking to the folks who are truly being in a place to know are saying if you have an opportunity not to do this don't," Bolton said.  

But Selander said he believes if Prop. 205 is passed, more police officers will be freed up to work more serious crimes instead of getting bogged down with arrests for small amounts of pot.

Bolton said that legalizing marijuana would hinder the job of police officers who use the drug to establish probable cause to uncover harder drugs or illegal weapons.

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