Assemblyman Jamel Holley Opposes Proposal Breaking Up NJ Marijuana Legalization

Assemblyman Jamel Holley says that real social justice accomplishments in NJ were imminent before Gov. Phil Murphy went to war with leaders in the NJ legislature. He says that if the full marijuana legalization bill had passed, the social justice effects would have been much greater than with the current expungement effort.

Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20) decried a developing legislative plan, reported earlier today on, to separate medical marijuana from recreational marijuana in a push to expand the legalization of pot in New Jersey.

“This proposal, which has been debated and negotiated for more than a year, must remain intact, Holley said of the original intent to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana.

“If we start breaking up this bill, we are creating more disparity and more divisiveness, ensuring nothing productive will occur,” he added. “Medical marijuana patients are just as important as people in our minority communities who have been affected by the so-called War on Drugs. This is a question of equality. We are supposed to be practical. We are supposed to be responsive. And we are supposed to be working toward a fairer New Jersey, right?

But the votes just aren’t there in the state senate for adult use, a Statehouse source told InsiderNJ.

The thought is not to let Governor Phil Murphy expand medical by regulation alone.

“No one expects him to get it right,” the source said.

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  • Rebecca Gorgas

    Absolutely right. Keep it together. As long as the government targets users it is better to have recreational. I’m a very mature adult, didn’t like it as a teen, but don’t want to ever restrict a medicinal from someone else. Or have the government target legal gun owners, harass citizens. For the record, medicare part C drugs are down exponentially, and my guess is seniors are getting pain relief without opioids or benzos. This votor knows that the toxicology in the ED shows that marijuana has been used for a very, very, very, long time and probably more effective than most pharmaceuticals.

  • Brian Kelly

    Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide!

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

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