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'I Apologize': Annapolis Police Chief on Citing Spoof Marijuana Study

The police chief cited a report about marijuana deaths that was a hoax.

'I Apologize': Annapolis Police Chief on Citing Spoof Marijuana Study
A member of the Senate reportedly called out Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop Tuesday for citing false information in his testimony against the legalization of marijuana.

"The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana," Pristoop said before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, according to BuzzFeed.

Senator Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery County, who was sponsoring legislation to legalize marijuana, reportedly corrected Pristoop once he was finished speaking.

Raskin said the story was fabricated and pulled it up on his laptop, attributing it to a satirical site like Comedy Central, according to WBAL.

The story originated on The Daily Currant, a competitor of The Onion, which produces satirical stories.

"I apologize for the information I provided concerning the deaths. I believed the information I obtained was accurate but I now know the story is nothing more than an urban legend," Pristoop said in a statement the Annapolis Police Department released Tuesday night.

Pristoop said: This does not take away from the other facts presented in opposition to legalization or the good work of the Maryland Chiefs and Maryland Sheriffs Associations."

Accordling to WJLA, dozens of police chiefs and sheriffs testified against measures legalizing marijuana.

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