A lawmaker from New Jersey has warned against legalization, proclaiming what he sees as imminent ‘decadence’ when he said that there will be shops selling “sex toys with marijuana.”
“If in fact, we legalize recreational marijuana, right across the street from my office they’re going to put up stores,” Rice told NJTV last week. “They want to call them dispensaries, but they’re going to be stores that do retail selling cupcakes with marijuana, candies with marijuana, sex toys and oils with marijuana, lipsticks with marijuana, all those kinds of products that kids can get and people can get.”
Following his order, a total of 4,200 patients have registered with New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program.
Now there are efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey but there are opponents like Rice, who believe cannabis is a gateway drug.
“New Jersey is not Colorado. The demographics here are very, very different,” Rice said, adding that legalizing marijuana makes no sense in New Jersey.
“I’m five blocks away from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey which is a predominant rich, upper-middle class, white community, college community. What we know is that when you legalize marijuana recreationally, the number of people who’ve never used any type of drugs goes up substantially in terms of drug use,” Rice said.
Rice made his statements after Assemblyman Jamel Holley introduced a bill through state Sen. Nick Scutari, the main advocate for recreational marijuana.
“I took the approach since this is going to happen in the state of New Jersey, why not thrust myself into the conversation and to provide opportunities for minorities, and women, and people who look like me to be a part of this discussion for the legalization of marijuana,” Holley said.
Proponents of the legalization of marijuana also say that minorities especially blacks are more likely to be incarcerated over cannabis possession even if the amounts are petty. Marijuana advocates believe legalizing marijuana would reduce these gaps.
Holley, who came from an earlier Colorado visit, said he is convinced of the concept ever since.
Colorado was one of the earliest US states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.