New Jersey – Bergmanson wants to decriminalize marijuana

June 2nd, 2009 – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Carl Bergmanson chided Gov. Corzine for not using his political muscle to force passage of the medical marijuana bill and went on to call for the government to stop enforcing laws against use of the substance for any purpose.

The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, which passed the state Senate in March, has not been posted for a vote in the Assembly. It is on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the Assembly Heath and Senior Services Committee, however.

“New Jersey needs a Governor who is a leader, not a bystander. The Medical Marijuana bill is a great example – Jon Corzine says he will sign the bill, but sits by as it languishes in the Assembly, which is controlled by our own party. He needs to put the arm on (Assembly Speaker) Joe Roberts to get it to the Governor’s desk,” he said.

Bergmanson, the former mayor of Glen Ridge, said that enforcing laws against marijuana use in general “wastes valuable resources and makes criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens.”

Bergmanson is the only one of Corzine’s three primary challengers who has held elected office, but he has little money and generally polls within the margin of error.

By Matt Friedman, Source

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