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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano 10th District
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August 1, 2022
Harmful Health Impacts of Recreational Marijuana Has 10th District Legislators Saying “I Told You So” to Advocates

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A recent report conducted on the potency of cannabis and the increased risk of psychosis and addiction has 10th District Legislators saying “I told you so” to marijuana advocates. Recreational sales of marijuana are now available statewide, however, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano stand firmly in their opposition to this change.

A recent report conducted on the potency of cannabis and the increased risk of psychosis and addiction has 10th District Legislators saying “I told you so” to marijuana advocates. (CC0 Public Domain)

“For years, we have been warning the public and elected officials of the dangers associated with marijuana consumption,” said Senator Holzapfel. “We openly fought against and voted down any legislation aimed at a legalizing cannabis, urging our colleagues to see through the empty promises made by the Democrats. Now, recreational marijuana is stronger than ever, with no limit on the level of potency, leading to severe health issues for the general public.”

According to the study conducted by The Lancet Psychiatry, the potency of cannabis, measured by the amount of THC found in the product, has been on the rise for nearly 50 years. Researchers found that people with cannabis-related psychosis are much more likely to have been using products containing high levels of THC. Addiction also increased for those consuming high-potency marijuana.

“Our state has now made it easier for minors to get their hands on high potency marijuana which will severely impact brain development and potentially lead to addiction and psychosis,” added Assemblyman McGuckin. “Whatever revenue generated from recreational sales isn’t worth the health risks caused to our youths.”

The legislators have also noted that increased recreational use will create a greater need for law enforcement with more residents driving under the influence.

“Recreational weed is a slippery slope that leads to additional safety implications with its dangerous effects on driving. We wouldn’t be surprised to see more automobile accidents occur and massive law enforcement costs at the expense of the taxpayer,” said Assemblyman Catalano.

 

Related Tweet:
https://twitter.com/jimholzapfel/status/1554188279494414336

Website Post:
https://www.senatenj.com/index.php/district10/harmful-health-impacts-of-recreational-marijuana-has-10th-district-legislators-saying-i-told-you-so-to-advocates/58036