The 9th District Delegation Opposed to NJ Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act
November 24, 2020
Trenton Should be Doing More for the Economy than Promoting Smoking and Selling Marijuana”
Calling it a train wreck in the making, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove all stand opposed to the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act.”
The 9th District delegation made the following remarks regarding the bill’s provisions:
“Rather than cutting taxes or exercising any degree of fiscal restraint, Trenton still has its priorities misplaced, including when it comes to implementing a legal market for marijuana.
“Yes, we readily acknowledge that the voters supported the passage of the ballot question to legalize marijuana. However, the process of establishing a marijuana marketplace has put a spotlight on the seriously troubling issues not referenced in the ballot question that was posed to voters.
“As they always do, Trenton Democrats are already fighting over taxes and are going to make legal marijuana so expensive that the black market will continue to thrive. Dealers who continue to peddle more dangerous products at a lower cost won’t be at any risk of going out of business as a result of the legislation currently under consideration.
“And despite what voters were told, any tax revenues that will be raised as a result of legalization will not provide a benefit for the entire state or tax relief for all New Jerseyans, nor will it help fund our statewide efforts to battle a raging opioid epidemic that continues to take a toll on communities of all types across New Jersey.
“Instead, the majority Democrats are looking to divert most if not all of the marijuana tax revenues generated as a result of legalization to a handful of ‘impact zones,’ largely urban cities and municipalities that they say have been negatively impacted by the war on drugs.
“Just as happened with State school aid and municipal aid, more and more tax dollars will continue to flow into a handful of towns and cities run by Democrats.“
They still haven’t addressed the concerns of employers who don’t have the ability to tell if a worker operating dangerous or heavy machinery is under the influence, or how they will prevent more cases of drugged driving as marijuana use becomes more commonplace, creating the potential for deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.
“We are genuinely concerned that marijuana will become more pervasive in our school system, adding to the challenges that educational professionals already must contend with on a daily basis. In the end, we continue to believe that legalized marijuana will prove more trouble than it is worth.”