ATLANTIC CITY -- Two days after lawmakers held the first public hearing discussing the idea of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, the top four leaders of the state Legislature were split along party lines on how the state should approach the issue.
The top Democrats -- state Senate President Stephen Sweeney and state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto -- said Wednesday during a panel discussion at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference that they are open to examining legalization. But neither would take a stronger stance.
On the other side, the top Republicans -- Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. is a social justice issue, supporters say
Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has said he is receptive to the idea of legalizing and regulating marijuana Cheap Cigarettes For Sale Online, though he stressed that lawmakers should first examine "data to figure out whether it's good or bad."
"All we're doing now is talking about it," he said during the panel discussion at the Atlantic City Convention Center -- which was focused on the top issues facing New Jersey. "Having a conversation over something happening all around us isn't a bad thing."
"Having a healthy dialogue on this is the right thing," he said. "We as legislators are supposed to tackle and talk about all the issues. We should be hearing from both sides."
As for Republicans? Gov. Chris Christie -- who is running for the party's 2016 presidential nomination -- is staunchly against legal mariajuna, calling it a "gateway" drug that is harmful to children.
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Bramnick (R-Union) noted that he went to Syracuse University in the early 1970s.
"Back then, that was not an uncommon drug," he said.
So, Sweeney had a question for his colleague: Did he inhale?
Bramnick, an attorney by trade, said he represents many client charged with pot possession in New Jersey -- and noted that those who can afford a lawyer avoid stiff penalties and those who can't receive stronger sentences Cheapest Marlboro Cigarettes.