When it’s convenient to ignore the science

By the time you read this NJ will have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Ignoring “the science” as they find convenient to say, the American left plows ahead. For many like Murphy the motivation is votes and money disguised as empathy for those caught doing something illegal.

There are ways to fix a law that may discriminate, if that’s the case. Placing retail outlets for another drug on our streets is not necessary. Ride down the street of a minority or depressed neighborhood and note how many liquor stores you see, most selling lottery tickets. Now add marijuana shops and tell me the progress we have made, not to mention the physical and monetary harm we promote.

There are several organizations that don’t think it’s a good idea. The New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police is concerned that more people will be driving intoxicated. The New Jersey Psychiatric Association believes cannabis lowers cognitive performance in teenagers and disrupts processes for motivation. In a statement, the NJPA said marijuana impairs verbal learning, memory, and attention, and increases risk for psychosis. The New Jersey Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NJCCAP) warns that habitual users have “a greater risk of decreased academic performance, increased school dropout rates, decreased overall educational attainment and decreased workplace productivity.” The Medical Society of New Jersey agrees with NJPA and NJCCAP, but also worries that marijuana poses a risk to fetal development, and could aggravate respiratory diseases and other health conditions.



  1. How do you find out what “the science” is? Mine the literature for position papers of various scientific societies? No, That’s the way to find out the prevalent prejudices in various professions. Instead, look for papers reporting facts — real research. And ;look for research that has been corroborated.


  2. If the government is going to have Alcohol legal then Marijuana should be legal. Having any drug illegal does not stop anyone who wants it, from getting it. I know people that have used both and never been in trouble with the law, because they abused their drug of choice. There are DWI laws on the books and if the police find an impaired driver operating on our highways they can arrest them. I served 20 years in the USAF and saw Alcohol get more people in trouble and wreck more families than Marijuana, same for civilian life after my military service. I chose not to abuse drugs my entire life after living with an Alcoholic father. And I have used Marijuana since I retired from the USAF in 1995 without any problems. I am glad Montana and other states have legalized Marijuana, because it is none of the governments business what I do, as long as I do not commit a crime like DWI while I use my drug of choice. And yes Alcohol is a drug, a depressant that I stopped using over 20 years ago.


  3. Totally agree with you. Yes legalization will empty the jails of these offenses and reduce court costs, however making marijuana legal in NJ will make it hard for people to pass drug tests for jobs. It is still illegal at the federal level. Many jobs are key safety jobs subject to random drug testing. Do you want truck drivers, bus drivers, utility workers, hospital workers, forklift operators at big box stores on drugs? There insurance companies will not even if it legal. People will not understand why they got fired if it is legal.

    This past election, while the rest of the country was focus on the presidential election, Oregon passed legalizing hard drugs. Who is that going to help? Portland, Oregon is a third world country now after this summer.


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