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New Jersey, the Eighth State to Legalize Marijuana?

New Jersey, the Eighth State to Legalize Marijuana?

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The Wall Township Committee is scheduled to vote at the township municipal building in the coming days.

The Wall Township Committee is scheduled to vote on an ordinance prohibiting any marijuana sales with the town until state lawmakers can definitive decision if New Jersey should legalize marijuana. The ordinance would place a ban on all marijuana, dispensing, paraphernalia, producing and cultivating.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Orender, a former narcotics officer with the New York Police Department stated that he does not believe it’s a good thing for the state to be a part of.

“It’s still federally illegal, so why are we allowing this state-by-state.”

In addition, many New Jersey towns have announced and shown their dislike against marijuana by restricting the sales within their jurisdiction, especially those on the Jersey Shore. For example, Point Pleasant Beach was the first to examine the matter and implement its restriction since December 2017, and others such as Berkeley, Lavallette, Seaside Heights, Oceanport and West Long Branch have followed suit.

Other like Toms River and Middleton have prohibited the selling of marijuana but have not decided on the final legislation against legalizing it. Very few towns namely, Jersey City and Ashbury have announced that they would welcome the legalization of marijuana and they have focused that decision on the income it would provide for the towns and the city.

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Medical marijuana patient showing his authorization card

The town folk air their views on marijuana in their towns and city

Some citizens understand the need for medical marijuana, as it has proven to be effective in its medicinal purposes for many individuals. But most do not see the benefit of recreational marijuana other than causing issues.

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Orender, a 57-year-old New Jersey resident explained that it’s just as much of a concern, time may heal a lot of wounds, but we’re having a hard enough time with DWI and drunk driving. How are we going to stop people from smoking and driving?

“It’s just going to be so tough to control.”

Murphy, a Middletown resident, stated his great dislike on the matter that marijuana legalization is based on social justice concerns.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University survey provided that 42 percent of New Jerseyans are in support of legalization of marijuana, while 26 percent would like it decriminalized. In October, a Gallup survey provided that 64 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Subsequently, many marijuana industry experts are positively stating that many lawmakers will support marijuana, although many do not sanction recreational cannabis.

Marijuana is still deemed as unlawful on a government level. In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew an Obama organization policy not to meddle with state laws representing marijuana.

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