Alan Silber a member of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden's Cannabis Law Group was extensively quoted in the Asbury Park Press article, "NJ Marijuana Legalization: Lawyers Say Weed is Good for You."
“So, you have a substance which you’re saying is illegal, which is identical to a substance that is made in the human body to keep us healthy,’’ Silber said. “What’s wrong with that picture?’’
He added, “Medical benefits from the use of marijuana not known in 1971, …and impediments to its lawful use as a result of its Schedule 1 classification, are abundant and glaringly apparent now.’’
The Consumer Affairs Division said in a news release that de-scheduling would neither decriminalize or legalize marijuana, but it can affect how strictly it is regulated.
“I don’t think it would have the direct impact I would like to see, but I do think it is an important step,’’ Silber said. “What we’re hoping to do with the de-scheduling is bring the scientific reality to the debate.
“If you de-schedule it, you’re saying it’s not dangerous,’’ he said. “Why would you criminalize something that’s not dangerous?’’
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