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New Jersey must legalize marijuana. Scientific research has shown cannabis is much safer than alcohol and tobacco.
Medical uses for the plant are numerous and most seriously ill patients can benefit from it, as an alternative to dangerous prescription medications.
New Jersey currently arrests approximately 30,000 people per year on marijuana charges and unfairly brands them with criminal records.
These criminal records cause difficulties in obtaining employment, housing and education.
Until NJ legalizes marijuana, municipalities should pass ordinances declaring enforcement of state marijuana laws unjust and their lowest law enforcement priority.
Police should cease enforcing cannabis prohibition laws and instead focus their limited resources on matters of public safety.