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We’re seeing the state take a similarly nonsensical position on the lounges now under consideration by the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
Again the sale of food is prohibited. Also banned are alcoholic beverages, even BYOB.
So basically the state wants you and your fellow potheads to sit and stare at each other as you get stoned.
That’s not much of a business model says Jennifer Cabrera, a lawyer with multi-state law firm Vicente Sederberg.
“You can’t buy a water there,” said Cabrera when I called her last week.”You can’t even buy a Snickers bar.”
Do you know where your marijuana is?
It’s certainly not for sale at your local dispensary. As to when that dispensary will eventually open, Gov. Phil Murphy’s people are moving at a pace that suggests they’re smoking their own stash.
The first step in that process was appointing a commission. That’s always a bad idea. The one and only reason for a politician to appoint a commission is to get someone else to do his dirty work for him.
I realize a lot of my fellow Republicans don't like to think of free-market capitalism when it comes to marijuana. But capitalism has a way of getting desired products to consumers regardless of attempts by the political class to regulate it.
I witnessed that the other evening as I was out at a bar watching the legendary Billy Hector play guitar. I ran into a friend of mine who likes to smoke marijuana and, in the interests of journalistic research, I asked him what he thought of the ongoing effort in the state Legislature to legalize pot.