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Cardinale calls pro-weed editorials inaccurate

By Nikita Biryukov, March 20 2019 4:24 pm

State Sen. Gerald Cardinale attacked recent editorials published in the Star Ledger and Asbury Park Press calling for lawmakers to rally the votes needed to pass a marijuana legalization bill working it’s way through the legislature, claiming the editorials peddled inaccuracies.

“It is incredibly disappointing that two of the most-widely read news sources in our state are spouting misinformation, and going out of their way to hide data that clearly illustrates the grave consequences of legalizing marijuana for recreational use,” Cardinale said.

Cardinale said the Asbury Park Press editorial ignored rises in motor vehicle accidents in states that have legalized marijuana.

A report on legalization’s impact in Colorado released by the state last October found that an uptick in marijuana-related vehicular deaths but did not find a rise in marijuana use rates among minors, as some, including Cardinale have cautioned would happen if New Jersey legalized.

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