NJ Should Legalize Marijuana, Union County Lawmaker Says

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari wants to state to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington.

Credit: Patch.com
Credit: Patch.com
One Union County lawmaker thinks it's time for the state to say "yes" to legalizing marijuana and is sponsoring legislation that would authorize facilities to grow and sell pot in New Jersey.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) said last week that regulating the sale and possession of recreational marijuana in the state would hamper the illegal drug market and create a new source of tax revenue, according to a report on NJ.com

The legislation is slated to be introduced within the next month and faces strong opposition, including the governor who has objected to the expansion of the state's medical marijuana laws.
Holly B January 27, 2014 at 06:53 PM
NO WAY! Look at what is happening in Colorado! It is becoming the POT state! Do we need more impaired people on the road? Anyone who says pot doesn't impair your thinking is either a liar or some one who has never done it! NO WAY! Just because pot isn't as bad as alcohol, doesn't mean it's in any way good. Anything that can make your paranoid (like the mental disorder schizophrenia) is NOT a harmless drug! C'mon people! Where is your rational thinking? All these 60's die hards reliving their youth does not mean this drug is harmless. Like any drug, it has it's positive qualities and it's MANY negatives. This drug does not affect everyone in the mellow calm way many would have you believe. No, it doesn't!
Thomas January 28, 2014 at 01:34 AM
@Holly B , this is probably coming from a mother or older person point of view am i correct? If you look at this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1HavgoK9E , yes it can impair driving but to a certain extent. Colorado has collecting millions of tax revenue from Marijuana sales, the only "people" we are hurting by taking advantage of regulating and taxing a "plant" are the drug dealers and Drug Cartel. Legalizing Marijuana can later expand to Industrial Hemp which can be used in numerous of ways and is biodegradable which can save the environment. Alcohol is a big destruction to people's lives more so than smoking Marijuana, I'm pretty sure the last time i checked, all you hear on the news is drunk driving killing innocent people and themselves. Coming from a young adult, all i hear people talk about is how their mother or father is a alcoholic and abusive them mentally and physically. I have not heard a single living soul say the words "My parents are pot smokers and abuse me". I don't see anything wrong by people making their own choice by smoking Marijuana instead of killing themselves with Cigarettes and Alcohol. Regulate it and Tax it just like Alcohol. Sending people to Prison's for non-violent crimes is idiotic and its draining my paycheck. #Legalize2014
Holly B January 28, 2014 at 04:12 AM
Unbefreakin believable... LOL! So I must be OLD or a WORRIED MOM in order to speak the truth about this DRUG! YES, DRUG! It is this very 'coolness' factor that keeps professionals and people who would know from truly investigating this drug. No darlin, I hate to disappoint your summing up and judging me to be invalid because I'm OLD (I'm 34) or a MOM (not yet) but what I do have is EXPERIENCE. Smoked pot and grew it, know lots about it. Don't do it anymore, haven't in years. Know why? BECAUSE IT AFFECTED ME NEGATIVELY! THAT'S WHY! And because of that I don't like to even be in the same room with someone smoking this weed, WHICH UNLIKE ALCOHOL, HAS BEEN GROWN TO BE STRONGER AND MORE POTENT OVER THE YEARS, SO IT'S EVEN WORSE THAN IT WAS WHEN I SMOKED IT! So, you be cool and so above it all. Just remember that no drug affects everyone the same. Alcohol may be bad, but I don't get a contact high from some inconsiderate boob who thinks it's his/her right to smoke it wherever he wants now!


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