In case you missed it, the New Jersey State Senate was just forced to cancel a scheduled vote on a bill to legalize marijuana.
Thanks to the efforts of our affiliate, NJ-RAMP and its Executive Director, Stephen Reid, Senator Ron Rice of the New Jersey Black Legislative Caucus, Bishop Jethro James of Paradise Baptist Church, Mary Pat Angelini, former legislator, and many other bi-partisan leaders and social justice activists who refused to let Big Pot target their communities.
The advocacy of this coalition helped convince legislators in New Jersey see through the smokescreen put up by Big Marijuana and realize the dire consequences legalization could bring.
This victory is by far the greatest of the past year, but we are just getting started.
Governor Phil Murphy in New Jersey won’t give up on the bill. New York’s Legislature- many of it’s members were watching this New Jersey outcome very closely- is shuddering as the push for legalization in the budget has all but failed in the face of our valiant coalition. Illinois’ state leadership also watched this titanic victory closely as they prepare to unveil their misguided legalization bill any week.
We have Big Marijuana on the run, but now is not the time for a victory lap. We need your help. Many state legislative sessions do not end until this summer.
Join us and chip in with a donation to help bring even more historic victories to the cause of public health and safety!
I applaud you for all your efforts.
All the best,
Dr. Kevin Sabet
President and Founder
Smart Approaches to Marijuana
About SAM Action
SAM Action is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) social welfare organization dedicated to promoting healthy marijuana policies that do not involve legalizing drugs. SAM Action engages in high-impact political campaigns to oppose marijuana legalization and commercialization.
Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain , especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes , youth marijuana use , and c osts that far outweigh pot revenues. These states have seen a black market that continues to thrive, sustained marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana .