UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County's top prosecutor has sparked controversy by blaming a spike in murders on Maryland's 2014 decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Now, Maryland State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks is refusing to be interviewed to explain her comments. A spokesman said her ideas on decriminalization and violence are only theories that have not yet been proven by crime statistics.
Alsobrooks' comments fly against popular opinion. Decriminalization, which reduces possession of small amounts of marijuana to the level of a traffic ticket, is supported by a majority of Marylanders. The measure is particularly popular in Prince George's, where there is concern that the lives of too many African-American young men have been derailed by low-level, non-violent drug convictions.