NJ marijuana legalization: Don't ignore the research on dangers of pot – Asbury Park Press

Kevin Sabet Published 10:37 a.m. ET Aug. 13, 2019 | Updated 10:40 a.m. ET Aug. 13, 2019

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How big an issue will legal weed be in the 2020 election? What’s it take to get a medical marijuana dispensary license? And what about home grow? These questions answered in the NJ marijuana mailbag. Mike Davis, @byMikeDavis

After a bipartisan consensus crushed efforts to legalize marijuana in the spring, New Jersey leaders are once again ready to give pot a second chance.

They are making a bad mistake.

While this may be a great way to snag some pot industry donations, New Jersey is not ready to adopt a policy that would lead to more car crashes, higher drop-out rates and workplace accidents. For these and other reasons, in fact, Democrats and Republicans came together to reject legal pot once already. And a 2018 poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University found when presented with choices for marijuana policy, most New Jerseyans did not prefer legalization.

In its hunt for sky-high profits, Big Marijuana is relentlessly marketing super-potent, 99% THC dabs, concentrates and edibles in kid-friendly forms such as gummies, candies, ice creams and sodas. Studies released since the canceled vote on the bill have confirmed worrisome links between marijuana use and severe mental illness. One study, in the prestigious Lancet Journal, found daily users of average potency marijuana were three times more likely to develop psychosis. Users of the heavy stuff, the aforementioned 99% THC products, were five times more likely.

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