By Special Contributor Larry Kane
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Colorado and Washington have legally passed marijuana for recreational use. Should it happen here?READ MORE: Lashawn McNeil Of Allentown Opened Fire On Police In Harlem, Killing Officer Jason Rivera: NYPD
One hand, New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Guscoria wants to decriminalize marijuana but Radnor police chief Bill Colarulo says wait a minute.
“Would you want a doctor operating on you who has marijuana in his system from recreational use that was legalized in some states. Or a police officer who has back injury or whatever under the influence of marijuana while carrying a gun or stopping you or do you want them to show up when you are calling for help? There is a grey area here and it has to be defined what is acceptable and what’s not acceptable. It should never be legalized.”READ MORE: Car Crashes Into Pole, Catches Fire Overnight In Old City
Meet Reed Guscoria. He’s a New Jersey assemblyman and prosecutor who thinks it’s time to decriminalize the use of marijuana. He doesn’t want to legalize it just take some penalties away for using it.
“In New Jersey, we have to ship that joint to state police for analysis then it has to come back and the lab technician has to testify that it is indeed marijuana. Then the officer that delivered that joint to the state police has to testify. It’s really costly for taxpayers to prosecute somebody for one joint.”
Listen to extended interview:MORE NEWS: Schuylkill Dredging Project Gets $5 Million From Federal Infrastructure Bill