Created: 01/28/2014 6:27 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4
There are signs all over town.
Matt Dodson, candidate for mayor in Farmington wants to legalize marijuana in the city.
“We need to follow in Colorado’s footsteps, legalize cannabis, and stop harassing people for a completely nonviolent crime, “ said Dodson.
Dodson says he doesn't smoke pot himself.
“I don't care about the smoking of it. I don't smoke myself but again, anyone that does it should not be turned into a criminal offence. Anyone that does abuse it needs to be treated medically not criminally.“
He says legalizing marijuana would free up police to focus on what he says are more serious crimes.
But incumbent mayor Tommy Roberts says that's not going to work.
“Well the city has no jurisdiction to legalize what is criminal under state law, so it’s irrelevant to local government and the jurisdiction of local government at this time,” Roberts said.
Dodson would have to get support of city council, which could prove troublesome. And it still would be illegal to sell marijuana in the city.
Of course it all comes down to the voters. Will the challenger have enough support to try and implement his vision for the city of Farmington? Residents who spoke to KOB Eyewitness News 4 had mixed reactions.
“I am totally against the marijuana issue. I don't think it will help our community at all,” said Christene Clement of Farmington.
I think with the states around us, all the states that have it, it will eliminate trafficking. There's many different uses and I’d be all for it,” said Cody McQuitty.
Lifelong Farmington resident Bonnie Kennedy-Compton said, “I think that smoking weed is just as bad as doing alcohol and both of them might kill a lot of people. We have enough problems with alcohol.”
Both candidates say they have the city's best interest at heart.
“Everyone really needs to look into politics and take it seriously and get out there and vote in their own best interest,” said Dodson.
Roberts said, “I think it’s important to have someone in the mayoral position who makes judgments with rationality and reasonableness and common sense, and I think I can provide that kind of leadership.”
Election Day is March 4.