FDU Poll: New Jersey residents do not support full legalization of recreational marijuana

A strong majority of New Jersey residents, 68%, favor reforming the state’s law concerning marijuana use, but most, 53%, do not favor making the recreational use and sale of the drug legal, according to an FDU Public Mind Poll released this morning.

27% of the 810 NJ adults surveyed in the poll think NJ’s pot laws should stay as-is.  26% think weed use should be decriminalized.  42% favor full legalization. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: FDU Public Mind Poll, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

Monmouth Freeholders Oppose Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

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.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 26th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Marijuana, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

Here’s N.J. lawmaker’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana after Christie leaves

TRENTON — A state lawmaker introduced legislation on Monday that would legalize marijuana in New Jersey, saying he was laying the groundwork to pass a new law almost as soon as Gov. Chris Christie leaves office. Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s bill would make New Jersey one of a small but growing number of states where marijuana is… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Bill to legalize recreational marijuana in N.J. set to be unveiled

TRENTON — A state lawmaker on Monday is scheduled to unveil legislation that would legalize, regulate, and tax recreational marijuana in New Jersey. State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) will formally announce the Democratic-sponsored measure noon at Monday at a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton. Medical marijuana is already legal in the state. But if… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Marijuana, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 9 Comments »

Will Trump White House snuff out N.J. push to legalize marijuana?

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TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers say they’re concerned about what President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general could mean for marijuana legalization, but they’re still planning to move forward after Gov. Chris Christie’s term ends in 2018. Trump said during the campaign he favors letting states decide whether marijuana should be… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Marijuana, New Jersey | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

O’Scanlon: Addiction is akin to slow motion suicide

“It is tragic that the best advice one might give an addict begging for treatment is to get arrested.”

By Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

There are many issues and challenges we face as a society that are ripe for spirited political debate.  Addiction isn’t one of them. Governor Christie’s position that we must treat addiction as something other than a crime is exactly correct.  Addiction – whether you buy the disease designation or not – is for some people a virtually irresistible, destructive force that compels the addict’s cooperation in his own destruction.  That concept can be a difficult one to reconcile for those who have had the good fortune not to have battled addiction – their own or a family member’s. Unfortunately, that pool of lucky people is dwindling as the heroin epidemic continues to voraciously march through our streets and schools.  Alcohol, while not the substance of the moment, continues its incessant march.

There is room for debate about exactly what addiction is.  Cancer is unquestionably a disease – seeming to have a mind of its own and an unrelenting mission no matter the intentions or actions of its victims.  Addiction, in many ways, is much more complicated.  It is a condition whose progression depends on the direct, intentional participation of the afflicted.  The fact that the addicted are complicit in their own destruction is both frustrating and confusing for all involved. It is easy for caregivers and loved ones to be sympathetic to cancer victims.  Addiction is as likely to elicit anger, blame and scorn as sympathy.

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Posted: September 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

THC or treat? Halloween tips include watching out for pot candy


potcandy1111-300x200PUBLIC SAFETY: Time for some basic trick-or-treating tips for parents this Halloween: Reflective costumes or clothing for your youngsters, along with a flashlight or glow stick, are smart; Remind them to use crosswalks, be careful on or near roadways and not run – an uneven sidewalk can do serious damage; Inspect candy, of course – toss… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Medical Marijuana, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on THC or treat? Halloween tips include watching out for pot candy

Raid of Howell marijuana ‘processing station’ leads to one arrest

Raid of Howell marijuana ‘processing station’ leads to one arrest (via NJ.com)

HOWELL –Police arrested a 31-year-old township man as they raided a marijuana “processing” center on Friday morning. Liberato Empirio, 31, of Howell Township, was arrested and charged with drug-related offenses after police executed a search warrant…

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Posted: April 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Howell, Monmouth County | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Raid of Howell marijuana ‘processing station’ leads to one arrest

Pot Now Legal in Colorado | A Milestone for Marijuana… Now What?

Pot Now Legal in Colorado | A Milestone for Marijuana… Now What? (via Wall Street Journal Digital Network)

Pot smokers cheered the first official day of legal recreational pot use in Colorado. What’s next in the wind for the drug? “High Times” cultivation editor Danny Danko joins the News Hub. (Photo: AP) Click here to subscribe to our channel: http://bit…

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Posted: January 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Marijuana, Medical Marijuana | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Pot Now Legal in Colorado | A Milestone for Marijuana… Now What?

Atlantic City’s winning formula

Is anyone surprised that New Jersey’s efforts to revitalize Atlantic City are failing?

The news that AC’s latest hope for revival, Revel, is on the verge of bankruptcy and foreclosure is no shock.   As Trump’s multiple bankruptcies over the years demonstrated, casino lenders are the biggest losers, next to bussed in seniors lured by a free roll of quarters, in AC.

Vice has always been the key to Atlantic City’s economic viability.  For good reason.  The place is a dump.  You have to drive through a swamp to get there.   It is very inconvenient.  The lure of doing something enjoyable that is forbidden elsewhere has been the key to Atlantic City’s economy since the days of Nucky Thompson.

Now that legalized gambling is available in more convenient places and liquor is legal most everywhere, Atlantic City is doomed, unless it comes up with a new vice to make available.

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Posted: December 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Casinos, Chris Christie, Economy, Horse Racing Industry, Meadowlands, Medical Marijuana, Racinos | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »