In November 2014, a group of citizens in White Township wrote letters to 120 New Jersey legislators expressing our opposition to the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey. We received six replies.
Using a random sampling, follow-up phone calls were made or emails sent to 15 of the remaining 114 legislators who hadn’t responded. Reasons given in the district offices varied. Most centered around the idea that the legislator was not ready to make a commitment until a vote was ready to be taken, or didn’t know what constituents wanted.
We have no problem if an individual legislator does not agree with our position. However, we do expect that those responsible for formulating the laws have the courage to let us know where they stand. With reference to the legalization of marijuana, this is not something which has suddenly popped up out of nowhere. The question has been around for years. Witness Colorado.
A legislator’s oath calls for conduct that is transparent, open and willing to commit to a position on whatever issue crosses the desk. Surely the issue of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey has been around long enough for any legislator to form an opinion.
Fred and Rita Foti