SPARTA, NJ- In advance of the November 3 ballot question to legalize pot, the Sparta Township Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to ban all marijuana related activities in the town.
The vote was 5-1 with Dan Chiariello voting no. He said he did not see the need to pass an ordinance about something that was already illegal.
The ordinance was recommended by the Sparta Municipal Alliance committee. The Municipal Alliance is a township council advisory committee established to disseminate grant funding from the state to support drug and alcohol education and alternative programs designed to prevent illegal drinking and drug use. The committee also addresses the use of vapes and cigarettes and seeks to reach all demographics in the community. The committee requested the council members pass the ordinance, in furtherance of their efforts.
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In response to the ballot question, organization Don’t Let NJ Go to Pot has formed and is sharing resources about the impact of similar legalization legislation in other states. One document they have shared with members of boards of education throughout the state as well as law enforcement officials, is titled Lessons Learned from State Marijuana Legalization was published in May 2019. The document contains data from Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington that have legalized recreational marijuana usage.
The document is created by Smart Approaches to Marijuana or SAM “reviewed by researchers from University of Colorado at Denver, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, University of Connecticut, Yale University, University of Kansas and others.”
Some highlights of the data from the report:
Youth vaping use in “legal” states increased significantly among students in eighth 10 and