Pennacchio to Gov. Murphy: Stop Ignoring the Dangers of Legalizing Marijuana

In light of reports that Governor Phil Murphy is making headway on advancing marijuana policy, Senator Joe Pennacchio is urging everyone not to ignore the wealth of evidence demonstrating the dangers of legalizing the drug for recreational use. According to reports, Governor Murphy is scheduled to meet with certain legislators on Jan. 10 to discuss the legislation.

Sen. Pennacchio noted that just this week, Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter, released an editorial highlighting the medical risks of legalization: “What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Don’t Want You to Know: The wave toward legalization ignores the serious health risks of marijuana.”

“When it comes to public safety policy, legalizing marijuana for recreational use is hands down one of the most irresponsible and dangerous laws we could pass in 2019,” Pennacchio (R-26) said. “It is absolutely shocking to see people who have taken an oath to serve the public ignore organizations like the American Medical Association and the New Jersey Police Chiefs, who continue to oppose this policy. I am also astounded by my colleagues’ blatant refusal to acknowledge the myriad of medical studies showing the detrimental health impacts of legalizing marijuana.

“I have been speaking out against this for years. I remain staunchly opposed to legalizing marijuana because I believe that our number one responsibility as elected officials is to protect our constituents from harm.

“Peer-reviewed studies have consistently shown that marijuana can increase the risk of catastrophic mental illnesses. Certain Democrats are obsessed with completely ridding New Jersey of cigarettes, by banning smoking in all public spaces, and yet the leaders of their State party want to legalize a drug that could drastically increase the risk of schizophrenia. Marijuana also slows cognitive development in innocent children, who will undoubtedly have more access to this drug if it becomes legal. How can anyone, in good conscience, ignore these statistics?

“As I’ve previously highlighted, marijuana will also make our roadways more dangerous, and police officers simply don’t have the tools or resources to stop that from happening – there is no breathalyzer test for marijuana. Legalization could also lead to an increase homelessness and an uptick in crime. All of these harmful consequences are already happening in states where the drug is legal. Governor Murphy: Don’t let it happen here.”


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There are 9 Comments to "Pennacchio to Gov. Murphy: Stop Ignoring the Dangers of Legalizing Marijuana"

  • Shoemaker says:

    This clown really needs to be shown the door. Backwards reefer madness like tactics into scaring people from really what is a substantially beneficial medicine to many.

  • moshe says:

    Only after smoking pot one can support the Democratic party’s policies so they have to make it more available so more people can understand.

  • monroe yid says:

    what are you surprised about? didn’t Reb Avigdor miller ZT’L warn you against voting for liberals? but you knew better and that’s why you voted for him and Booker

  • greensociety says:

    for those that need it, marijuana it is very helpful. recreational will allow people to self medicate.

  • Mordekhai says:

    Stop voting for Democratic Party they are getting worse than ever. They are definitely destroying our protection and making thing more crazy and difficult. We must show them we will not vote for democratic and vote for Republicans. Can’t you see what they did last night they voted against Anti-BDS

  • Lwood life long resident says:

    Nothing is wrong with legalization of marijuana you need to look at all the ods in and around ocean counties and other counties and if they can tax it and put the $$$ to good use so be it and no I don’t smoke but look at all the people losing their lives you don’t ever hear of people overdoing on marijuana

  • Leah T says:

    Medical only. Period.

  • Jack says:

    No smoking it. Medical compounds only. Israel is in the lead.

  • Ron Benvenisti says:

    In every state state they legalized it the black market flourishes because the legal stuff is heavily taxed out of the market. Environmental issues abound from land use to chemicals in ground water not to mention tons pouring in from porous borders. Big Farm vs. Big Pharma wars coming.

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