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Asbury Park backs marijuana legalization in New Jersey

Glenn Townes | 8/4/2015, 4:45 p.m.
It may be crass to promote grass, but that's exactly what the politicos on the Asbury Park City Council did ...

It may be crass to promote grass, but that's exactly what the politicos on the Asbury Park City Council did last week when they unanimously passed a resolution imploring state legislators to legalize marijuana in New Jersey.

While the resolution holds no legal merit, it is symbolic and makes the south Jersey shore town the first in the state to publicly and widely advocate legalizing weed for recreational use---a notion that Gov. Chris Christie had steadfastly opposed. New Jersey approved the use of medicinal marijuana in 2010 under the administration of former governor Jon Corzine; however, the first state facility to administer pot to selective patients didn't open until 2012.

Proponents of legalized marijuana laud Asbury Park officials for bringing the issue of legalized recreational marijuana back to the forefront of the state. “The move by the Asbury council shows that there is a growing shift in attitudes toward recreational use of the drug,” said Asbury Park resident Randy Thompson.

However, Gov. Christie, who will be campaign stumping in Asbury Park this week, said, “If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it 'til January 2017, 'cause I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana in the United States {when I become president}.” Currently, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon are the only states in the country to permit the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes.