McCormick proposes marijuana legalization — for real


Murphy’s law makes possession of large amounts of marijuana a first-degree crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison

Lisa McCormick, ​the progressive Democratic challenger, says Phil Murphy betrayed voters who cast ballots to legalize cannabis, when he signed a law making possession of large amounts of marijuana a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Lisa McCormick, is the progressive Democratic activist who earned the support of nearly four out of every 10 Democrats in the 2018 primary election over incumbent US Senator Bob Menendez, but now she taking on Wall Street millionaire Phil Murphy, the incumbent governor who she claims betrayed voters who cast ballots to legalize marijuana last year.

In the 2020 election, NJ voters overwhelmingly decided to legalize cannabis, but instead of doing what the people wanted, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law making it a first-degree crime — punishable by up to 20 years in prison — to possess more than 25 pounds of marijuana, or 50 marijuana plants or 5 pounds of hashish.

McCormick has long held that marijuana should be legal and declared that the ‘war on drugs’ has not only failed to solve America’s substance abuse problems, but it created or worsened many others.

On August 23, 2015, McCormick posted a blog entry that said, “The so-called ‘war on drugs’ declared by President Richard Nixon has been an unmitigated failure that cost billions of taxpayer dollars and ruined millions of lives instead of addressing a public health issue in a sensible and intelligent way.”

“The ‘war on drugs’ is a war on people that has failed to solve America’s substance abuse problems,” said McCormick in that 2015 blog entry. “It is far past the time to try a different approach, such as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which was recently signed into law by President Obama to help curtail the nation’s heroin and opioid drug epidemic with addiction treatment, overdose prevention and doing more to protect drug-dependent newborns.”

“It is time to plot a new course,” said McCormick. “No American should be jailed for smoking marijuana.”

McCormick is running because she believes without giving voters a choice, elections are meaningless, but she also has severe disagreements with Murphy in both style and substance.

These marijuana issues are policy differences that show how she would respond to situations better than the former Goldman Sachs partner, who essentially bought his way into public office.

“It is time to end the hypocrisy that treats vodka and whiskey differently than marijuana, which is more benign, and stop the negligence of overlooking the crises that result from addition or driving while intoxicated,” said McCormick. “It is time to change policies that clearly do not work as they were intended and start looking for ways to invest wasted resources far more wisely.”

McCormick says millionaire Murphy is out of touch because, “he lives in a different universe than ordinary people who work for a living and struggle to pay bills, like rising property taxes.”

McCormick said Murphy has been far more aggressive at getting things done for the rich and powerful than he has when it comes to fulfilling the promises he made as a candidate.

“We got complex sports betting and online gambling approved in New Jersey only weeks after the federal courts opened a door for that, top government officials like judges and cabinet members were handed pay raises only six months after Murphy’s inauguration, plus a $3 billion subsidy for the nuclear industry preceded Murphy’s recent $14 billion corporate welfare package,” said McCormick. “Meanwhile, the poorest New Jersey workers still do not make $15 an hour, the millionaire’s tax did not raise taxes on those making more than $5 million and despite voter approval, marijuana is still illegal in the Garden State.”

On Twitter, McCormick posted:

In the 2020 election, NJ voters overwhelmingly decided to legalize cannabis, so @GovMurphy signed a law making it a first-degree crime (up to 20 years in prison) to possess more than 25 pounds of marijuana, or 50 marijuana plants or 5 pounds of hashish.

https://njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/PL21/19_.HTM

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