As the first wave of medical marijuana states experience local blow-back and federal interference, New Jersey is slowing things down. New Jersey is one of 16 states plus Washington, D.C., that allow medical marijuana. But in NJ it has taken longer than expected to launch its program because “opposition to dispensaries in towns and villages was more vigorous than anticipated and setting up a highly-regulated system with safeguards against theft and fraud proved challenging, the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services officials said.”
This is a good time for states where medical access is coming but has not yet arrived to reassess the path they will travel. Reading reports from around the nation, there emerges a refrain about this “illegal” substance being made available. Despite the fact that cannabis as medicine goes back over 5,000 years, to our friends and neighbors who are somewhat behind on the learning curve, cannabis still scares the crap out of them. That is something we can do something about.
Each of us needs to be ready to present the truth about cannabis each chance we get. What we are working against is the fear and lies spread over the last 70-plus years by federal, state and local officials. When some people say “pot” others hear the end of the world. Until we set right this calculated lie, we will always be taking one step forward and two steps back. Its going to take a long time to reach legalization at this pace.
To our friends in NJ, HMJ says stay the course and keep speaking the truth. Demonstrate to your local officials that what they fear is unfounded. That pot is not scary, and neither are we. Learn more about what’s happening in the Garden State here.
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