Ocean County Police Departments Are Gaslighting Voters On Marijuana Legalization | OPINION
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When push comes to shove, it seems like New Jersey will legalize recreational marijuana in this upcoming election. I am going to come right out and say that I agree with this measure. And no, I am not a pothead. In fact, I have never touched marijuana in my life. My extreme asthma and allergies to everything green make it virtually impossible for me to even think about trying it. Plus, the smell is disgusting to me.
Now that this is out of the way: I am extremely disappointed in some of the Ocean County police departments trying to dissuade voters into voting a certain way in an election. YES, that is precisely what they are doing - and they know it. The posts that I have seen on social media usually have shotty verbiage to cover themselves legally if anything came up. Still, the reality is that they are stoking concern into voters less than a month before a primary election.
The men and women of our police force have to deal with things that I would never in a million years be able to fathom, and this is not an attack on what they do or how they operate. They are heroes, plain and simple.
As a society, we have been conditioned to think that marijuana is a horrible thing - when people have been using it therapeutically for thousands of years. Marijuana has not only been proven to help with major diseases like cancer and epilepsy, but it also helps people on the frontlines dealing with post-traumatic stress disorders, anxiety, and depression.
I am not even going to get into the racial disparities that the illegalization of marijuana causes.
Let me be clear: I am not disappointed because these police departments are not in favor of marijuana legalization (which is entirely okay with me); the issue is that they are gaslighting the public into thinking they are not endorsing an answer on a ballot less than a month away. That is absurd, and it makes me feel like the department(s) believe the public is ignorant and uninformed.
The amount of respect I have for law enforcement is unparalleled, especially in recent times. However, I believe that these law enforcement agencies have overstepped their boundaries when talking about a measure on the ballot in a few weeks.
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