Holley Challenges Late-in-the-Game Legalization Naysayers


Amid late backroom pushing and shoving around the legalization of marijuana, Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20) jumped feet first into the debate, decrying those late jittery critics.

“The ones who are saying ‘no’ are not giving any concrete solutions other than to say ‘no’,” Holley, of Roselle, told InsiderNJ. “Do we just let the current state of affairs with marijuana stay the same? That is completely unacceptable.

“We have a real opportunity to regulate this business,” added the pro-pot legalization lawmaker from Union County.

Holley spoke even as Newark Mayor Ras Baraka expressed misgivings and other Democratic caucus members expressed opposition.

“We have an historic piece of legislation here dealing with expungement,” Holley said. “We have never had anything this solid. Over 200,000 people will be eligible for expungement with the stroke of a pen.

“Think about that,” the assemblyman urged.

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