Governor Murphy the people of NJ do not want to be the California of the East Coast

While this blog primarily focused on Pennsauken I will occasionally discuss issues that impact all of the residents of New Jersey.

The beginning of the end for New Jersey was when Phil “Chucklehead” Murphy was elected Governor.  Now New Jersey continues to spiral toward becoming a shadow of the state we’ve loved.

Raise taxes on the revenue generators so they leave the state. CHECK.

Pass gun legislation that targets legal law abiding gun owners instead of criminals. CHECK.

Give illegal aliens MORE benefits then the hard working people of New Jersey (including creating the Office of Immigrant Protection to assist those facing deportation with legal assistance) as we move towards “sanctuary state” status. CHECK.

Taking a major step towards legalizing marijuana in New Jersey by having the State Attorney General put marijuana prosecutions on hold until “legalized marijuana” legislation can be written.  CHECK.

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in a letter to all municipal prosecutors in New Jersey directed an adjournment of all pending marijuana related cases in municipal courts until September 4, 2018 or later so his office could develop “appropriate guidance” for prosecutors.   This corresponds with a bill sponsored by State Senator Nick Scutari (D-Union) being introduced and expected to reach the Senate for consideration by September.

Isn’t “appropriate guidance” from the State Attorney General to local prosecutors to enforce the law?  If not we have a bigger problem!  

According to FBI crime data New Jersey has the second-highest marijuana arrest rate in the country, behind only Wyoming, and the third-highest total number of marijuana related arrests, following Texas and New York.   New Jersey also saw the largest increase in marijuana arrests from 2015 to 2016.  Proponents of marijuana legalization claim that marijuana convictions can lead to offenders losing job opportunities, have financial implications and cause revocation of driver’s licenses.

Isn’t that what happens when you break the law?

Despite some form of marijuana laws in 46 states (laws regarding “legalized” marijuana, “decriminalizing” marijuana and “medical marijuana”) marijuana is illegal under federal law (See the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. § 811)).  Under federal law marijuana is treated like every other controlled substance, such as cocaine and heroin. The federal government places every controlled substance in a schedule, in principle according to its relative potential for abuse and medicinal value. Under the Controlled Substances Act marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which means that the federal government views marijuana as highly addictive   Federal marijuana laws are very serious and punishment for people found guilty is frequently very severe. Federal law considers marijuana a dangerous illegal drug.

If marijuana is federally illegal why is the federal government not enforcing its own law?  State law does not trump (pun intended) federal law.  States cannot “legalize” or “decriminalize” marijuana while it remains federally illegal.  The federal government has an obligation to enforce it’s laws.

I call for a group of conservative Attorneys in the states who have attempted to “legalize” or “decriminalize” marijuana to file a class action federal law suit demanding that the federal government enforce the Controlled Substances Act.  Those who support the legalization of marijuana can take it to the federal level but states do not have the legal right to “legalize” or “decriminalize” marijuana.

Governor Chucklehead told NJ Advance media in January that he wants to make New Jersey “the California of the East Coast”.   Governor Chucklehead the people of New Jersey do not want to live in “the California of the East Coast”.  The people of New Jersey and even legislators in your own party oppose your radical left vision for New Jersey.

I’ve been saying since the election that by the time Murphy is done with us the people of New Jersey will envy the people of Detroit.