Public question No. 1 on the general election ballot would amend the New Jersey State Constitution to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults 21 years or older. If it passes, the state would oversee a cannabis industry in which adults could purchase legal weed at specifically licensed dispensaries.
“The gateway myth would have you believe that wet sidewalks make it rain. It’s a misunderstanding of cause and effect,” said Nathan, founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, which pushes for legalized and regulated marijuana. “The factors that lead people to use drugs are a set of common liabilities, things like genetics, education or education deprivation.”
But in anti-legalization circles, the “gateway drug” still continues to be marijuana — especially with the rise in e-cigarettes among young people.
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