On this episode of the Informed Conservative Podcast we discussed the desire of Governor Murphy, State Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin and members of the Democrat controlled Legislature to “legalize” marijuana in New Jersey.
After failing to get enough support in the New Jersey State Senate to get a “legalized” recreational marijuana bill passed State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D, Gloucester) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D, Middlesex) have introduced a constitutional amendment to have a ballot question to “legalize” marijuana on the ballot in 2020. There is just one problem. New Jersey voters cannot “legalize” marijuana while it remains federally illegal.
The New Jersey Legislature began its lame-duck session yesterday. It’s expected that the Legislature will be busy trying to bring forward controversial bills that they didn’t want to move forward before the 2019 election to not damage Democratic candidates and before the new session begins in January in hopes the voters will forget by the 2020 election. Those bills will most likely include driver licenses for illegal immigrants, “legalized” marijuana (marijuana cannot be legalized on a state level while remaining federally illegal), and banning single use plastics. Expect Murphy to move his radical agenda forward knowing that voters have short memories and will forget before the 2020 election and before he is up for re-election in 2021.
The Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives voted Wednesday to advance legislation that would allow banks to do business with marijuana businesses in states that have “legalized” marijuana despite marijuana being federally illegal. The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act known as the SAFE Banking Act would allow cannabis businesses to access financial services now unavailable to them because marijuana is federally illegal and shelter financial institutions from prosecution for doing business with marijuana businesses . The legislation faces a tough path in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Last week on the Informed Conservative Blog we talked about New Jersey’s efforts to “legalize” marijuana, New Jersey’s hypocritical Democratic leadership, illegal immigrant students in New Jersey’s public schools, failed Camden County Freeholder and Pennsauken Township Committee candidate Vincent Squire continuing his con job, and we asked if New Jersey Republicans are mad yet. On the Informed Conservative Podcast our guest was Terry Beck who is leading the effort to recall Governor Murphy.
We knew for over a year it was coming. As if Governor Murphy thumbing his nose at federal law by making New Jersey a sanctuary state was not enough “legalized” marijuana is becoming closer to a reality in the state. According to Politico Governor Murphy, State Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin have reached a deal on marijuana “legalization”. It gets worse. NJ.com reported that the marijuana bill would include a provision to expunge the criminal records of people who have been convicted of marijuana offenses in New Jersey.
A couple of weeks ago a study showed that New Jersey is the #1 state in the country that people leave. New Jersey just came in first again and again in a category that is not good for New Jerseyans. Yesterday NJ 101.5 radio reported on an ATTOM Data Solutions study showing New Jersey’s rate of foreclosure was the highest among all 50 states and D.C. in 2018.
Today Governor Murphy highlighted his accomplishments from his first year in office live on YouTube from the St. James A.M.E Church in Newark. What Murphy considers “accomplishments” most New Jerseyans I talk to consider further degradation of our state. Our Governor appears to take every opportunity he can to get his face on video. I often wonder if he wants to be Governor or a social media celebrity. I found it telling that no members of the legislature joined Murphy for his self promoting year in review speech. Murphy did a good job playing to his Newark audience. I lost count how many times he said “people of color”.
This week we began the rebranding of the blog to The Informed Conservative. A new web site is being developed and our Facebook page was created. This week we discussed Cory Booker’s potential run for President in 2020, Democratic leadership in NJ rushing through a constitutional amendment that will rig the legislative redistricting process, an Asbury Park Press editorial regarding marijuana legalization, Vincent Squire’s “Season of Giving”, Murphy accomplishing his dream of making New Jersey a sanctuary state, a discussion about leaving NJ or staying and fighting Murphy’s destructive agenda, hundreds of jobs and millions in tax revenues leaving with Honeywell and Murphy focusing his time outside of New Jersey.
A November 23, 2018 editorial in the Asbury Park Press makes strong points for the legislature to hold off on advancing a marijuana bill until legitimate concerns that have been raised about legalization have been answered. By now a bill has already passed legislative committee but it’s not too late to ensure that legislators take a close look at unanswered questions. While I continue to oppose a legalized marijuana bill in New Jersey I believe the legislature will pass some form of legislation and want to ensure that the legislature does it’s due diligence. Why rush a bill to meet a self-imposed timeline?