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Police say legalizing Marijuana won't fix problems on the streets

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As Sheriff's Deputies search for suspects after finding over 6,000 Marijuana plants in Prosser and Southern Benton County worth more than 13-million dollars, the hot topic of whether or not to legalizing Marijuana is once again under the radar.

  We talked with police about where they stand on the issue. They tell us even if Marijuana was to be legalized, problems on the streets would not be fixed.

"Whether it's legalized or not, the issue is that gangs use Marijuana to sell and to finance their operations," Capt. Keane of Benton County said.  

"Buying it legally or illegally, they still have to find a way to pay for it. So they're still going to be doing car prowls, still doing burglaries, still engaged in drug trafficking," Sgt. Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department said.  

Keane says each year they usually find anywhere from 5 to 10 thousand plants.

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