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Fact-Checking Marijuana Myths

New Jersey has an opportunity to pass the most progressive, social- and racial justice-driven legislation to legalize marijuana in the country. With more than 100 arrests made every day in New Jersey, it’s never been more urgent to understand the facts about marijuana use. We’ll talk about what’s true, and what are stubborn, inaccurate myths.

  • Every Halloween, hoaxes and conspiracy theories about tainted candy sow panic across the U.S. and inspire clickbait from reporters. But that’s all they are — conspiracy theories.

    Like other debunked urban myths about hidden razors or laced Halloween candy, there’s no evidence to suggest that a neighbor down the block will distribute edible marijuana to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

    Let’s go a little deeper. Edible marijuana is expensive. Who spends hundreds or thousands of dollars out-of-pocket with the aim of exposing children to a THC- or CBD-infused gummy, chocolate, or caramel? No one.

    Like any other night out, it’s not a bad idea to be reasonably attentive on Halloween. But fears about kids ingesting tainted candy are largely unfounded.

  • Scientists have thoroughly debunked this myth decades ago, but it continues to be cited as one of the main arguments to prohibit the possession and use of marijuana.

    Most Americans have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, but the vast majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other illegal drugs. People who use more serious drugs also consume alcohol and use marijuana, but the reverse does not hold up.

    Marijuana is the most widely available and most widely used among banned substances in the United States. Due to this wide availability and usage, people are likely to have used marijuana before they had the opportunity to use other illegal substances.

  • When someone is driving under the influence, law enforcement currently has the training and resources to identify them and keep them off the roads.

    If a substance interferes with someone’s ability to drive, whether it’s alcohol or marijuana, they’re breaking the law.

    Driving under the influence will still be illegal in New Jersey. Impaired or distracted driving of any kind—like alcohol, texting, and some prescription drugs—is dangerous and should remain illegal.

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