As of the writing of this week’s column, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was granted an extension to negotiate with lawmakers on two bills to legalize and decriminalize marijuana in New Jersey. This is after the measures passed both houses of Legislature on 12/17/2020.
“Voters overwhelmingly support the legalization of cannabis and we are taking every step necessary to assure legalization and decriminalization become law,” said Assembly Speaker, Craig Coughlin!
Looking at this issue financially, it’s a no-brainer. In 16 states, marijuana is fully legalized for both recreational and medicinal purposes. 13 other states (including New York) have decriminalized and legalized medicinal marijuana use. There are now only 6 states where marijuana is fully illegal. Legalizing the drug would be a tax revenue boon for a broke New York State, which Governor Andrew Cuomo has already admitted.
I have concerns with this as there will be ripple effects far and wide from legalizing recreational pot in New York State. Medicinal marijuana has been legal in New York State since 2014. My first concern is underage children and this easy access to pot potentially getting kids hooked on the drug. Other issues are regulation, law enforcement and DUI (driving under the influence) of drugs. People are preoccupied enough on the roads with Covid-19. It stands to reason if pot is fully legalized then New York State would consider releasing prisoners with non-violent, marijuana possession only records. New York State spends over $70,000 per year per inmate, the most in the country.
Conditions we know medicinal marijuana can help:
There are a variety of conditions or diseases one can be suffering from to obtain a Medicinal Marijuana ID Card which can differ slightly by state. In general, see symptoms and the process below:
Be Positive, Test Negative and Keep the Faith!!