Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced that their Delegation is unified in their opposition to any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be voting accordingly when a bill is considered by their respective Houses.
The 9th District Delegation is unified in their opposition to any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be voting accordingly when a bill is considered by their respective Houses. (Pixabay)
As a member of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee, Assemblyman Rumpf participated in hearings held this year across the state regarding the impact of marijuana legislation on the state, including the public’s health and safety. The Assemblyman’s extensive consideration of testimony provided by advocates on both sides of the issue allowed for the Delegation to make an informed decision.
The Delegation’s opposition to legalizing marijuana is also consistent with the views expressed by the majority of constituents with whom the Delegation has discussed the issue over the years.
“Without question, the dangers legalizing marijuana would pose to New Jersey residents are too severe to dismiss for the sake of revenue generated to fill Trenton’s coffers,” the Delegation stated. “First and foremost, we are concerned about the dangers of drugged driving and the expanded potential for deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.
“No comparable equivalent to a breathalyzer test exists for law enforcement to effectively determine if a driver is high on marijuana. This will only complicate the efforts and exhaust the resources of the local police, county sheriff officers and State troopers, who already work tirelessly to keep our roadways safe.
“Teachers and all educational professionals, along with law enforcement, will be on the front lines of the fight to combat expanded drug abuse caused by the absence of any safeguards in the legislation to steer marijuana away from our youths and schools, which is also extremely alarming.
“To us and many of our constituents, it’s unfathomable and completely irresponsible that our state would even consider legalizing marijuana while tens of millions of taxpayer dollars are being appropriated to fight an opioid epidemic with an increasing death toll.
“It’s also very telling that marijuana legalization was not left up to the voters, as other states have done. Clearly, those who support legalization didn’t want leave anything to chance, including the strength of public opposition.
“In the end, this all simply comes down to money. Power brokers driving the agenda for our cash-starved state want more taxation and revenue to keep up with the reckless pace of excessive and politicized government spending, regardless of the consequences for our communities.”