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Kevin Sabet, president of the prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, has already signaled that he anticipates at least some defeats after the group spent millions funding anti-legalization campaigns in states with marijuana on the ballot. In a tweet, he wrote that success “doesn’t hang on a ballot measure, a vote, a fleeting day.”
On the only sunny day of Memorial Day Weekend, beachgoers got a glimpse of the fight over legal weed in New Jersey: "Gov. (Phil) Murphy: Put kids before profits! Don't legalize pot!"
That message was carried by a banner plane across the Jersey Shore, spotted in Asbury Park, Manasquan and Island Beach State Park, where the governor's official residence is located.
State Sen. Ronald Rice, D-Essex, chairman of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, said legal marijuana will entice people who have never used the drug to try it.
Bishop Jethro James Jr. of Newark's Paradise Baptist Church said the pot shops will be in urban areas as suburban communities ban them.
And former Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who has relocated to Brigantine from Rhode Island, said, "We're looking forward to turning back this effort to legalize marijuana."
It was full speed ahead on marijuana legalization when Governor Phil Murphy was elected this past fall. He said he wanted to see legislation in 100 days after taking office and legalization looked like it was on a fast track. The brakes have since been tapped and the momentum may have stalled. Still, some New Jersey residents are taking this time to prepare themselves because they believe legalization will eventually happen. What form has yet to be determined.
Rob Cressen “You could kill an elephant with all of the pills I’ve taken, and my liver failed four times in five years…I have 99 problems, but because of marijuana, opioid addiction is not one of them,”
New Jersey's Democratic-led Assembly on Monday waded into the debate over marijuana legalization, drawing hours of testimony both for and against making it available.
The Assembly Oversight Committee held the hearing in Trenton, with three additional meetings planned for the spring across the state.