Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks passionately against the legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey. (Apologies to County Purchasing Director Helen Fiore)
Freehold- The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey at their regular meeting on Thursday, January 25.
Freeholder Director Tom Arnone spoke passionately on the issue during the Board’s afternoon workshop meeting (see video above). The Director criticized the the fiscal mismanagement of New Jersey’s state government, under both Democrat and Republican administrations, while declaring that the move to legalize the drug now puts the health and well being on New Jersey children at risk in order to generate tax revenue.
In their resolution, the Freeholders cite the increase in traffic deaths involving marijuana in Colorado since the Centennial State legalized weed. In 2013, the year before legalization in Colorado, there were 55 traffic deaths involving drivers impaired by marijuana. In 2016, there was 125 such deaths, the resolution stated.
Citing the 2016 Rocky Mountain High Density Drug Trafficking Area annual report, the resolution states that since Colorado legalized pot, that there are more retail outlets that sell the drug than there are Starbucks coffee shops or McDonald’s restaurants. According to the RMHDDTA report, pot use among Colorado teenagers aged 12-17 is 74% higher than the national average.
The Freeholders also cited the problems law enforcement agencies have in determining if impaired drivers are are under the influence of marijuana as a reason for their opposition to legalization.
The resolution which was passed 4-0, will be sent to Governor Phil Murphy, all members of the Monmouth County State Legislative Delegation and the governing bodies of all Monmouth municipalities.
The Freeholders emphasized that they are not opposing medical marijuana.ADMIN-Opposing Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Use