BERGEN COUNTY - The Bergen County police chiefs association is denouncing a move toward legalizing marijuana.

The group is responding to a vote by the state prosecutors association that supports legalizing pot in the Garden State. Prosecutors voted 7-2 in favor of legalizing marijuana, saying it is "silly" to spend money going after those who smoke or possess it.

The head of the chiefs association says marijuana use must be curbed. "We've already seen that the number of fatal accidents involving marijuana use has tripled in the past several years," says Chief James Batelli. "And if the trend continues, it will be the leading cause of fatal accidents in this country."

Batelli also says marijuana is a gateway drug that often leads to heroin use.

Several members of the prosecutors association quit after the organization voted in favor of legalizing pot.