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Four States decline to legalize pot through legislatures this year

Marijuana legalization hit stone walls in New York and New Jersey this week and another effort died in New Hampshire.   In Vermont, legislation to establish a commercial marijuana market faltered, too.  Four states failed.  Tiny windows of opportunity may still be open, but passing bills doesn’t appear possible before the end of this year’s legislative session.

It was the second year New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tried to implement marijuana legalization through the legislature.  In New Jersey, Continue reading Four States decline to legalize pot through legislatures this year

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Exposing Marijuana Harms at New Jersey’s Black Caucus Meeting

COALITION OF PARENTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, RELIGIOUS LEADERS, AND EMPLOYERS TESTIFY AGAINST MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION AT LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS HEARING

At a hearing of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, coalition members of New Jersey Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy (NJ-RAMP) expressed their opposition to the legalization and commercialization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey.

Parents, law enforcement professionals, religious leaders, employers, and addiction professionals offered testimony, insights and expertise on a multitude of issues including health concerns, increase in youth use, drugged driving, and arrest rates among minorities.

According to news reports, a number of legislators would rather see decriminalization than legalization in New Jersey.  The Black Caucus prefers decriminalization as more helpful to minorities. Continue reading Exposing Marijuana Harms at New Jersey’s Black Caucus Meeting

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The Truth About Prisons & Marijuana

by David Evans   I worked in the New Jersey criminal justice system for years, setting up programs for addicts and alcoholics.    Prison programs for addiction do not work as well as programs outside prison. There’s too much game playing to get out sooner.  Instead, we set up a program so that inmates would be released and had their parole date but had to spend the last month or so in a residential treatment program.  It worked better.   You never know what will work with somebody.

Drug legalization advocates claim that prisons are overflowing with people convicted for only simple possession of marijuana.  This claim is aggressively pushed by groups seeking to relax or abolish marijuana laws. Continue reading The Truth About Prisons & Marijuana

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