New Jersey Politician Would Rather Legalize Prostitution Than Marijuana

The state continues to circle cannabis legislation

Photo by New Jersey National Guard/Flickr

In an insult to both sex worker and cannabis advocates alike, former New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno said during a radio interview that, “losing an entire generation of children with pot,” would be worse than letting loose laws surrounding the planet’s oldest profession.

In a nod to the benefits of legalizing prostitution, however, Guadagno did point out that prostitution is a victimless crime and would be even safer if regulated. Why she can’t see the same is true for cannabis is a mystery.

And while it sounds like the politician is in favor of legalizing sex for sale, she’s not actually that hip to the idea. She made sure to clear up her stance and point out that she was not, in fact, advocating for prostitution, just hating on marijuana.

The former Monmouth County Sheriff under former Governor Chris Christie seems to have a real case of foot-in-mouth syndrome. In the meantime, more states continue to legalize and New Jersey just might be the next to go green, likely prompting the odd slag by Guadagno.

Earlier this week, a bill advanced that would expunge records of cannabis “offenders” and legalize cannabis possession for adults in the Garden State. It now must pass both floors before becoming law.

New Jersey Senators are coming around on the issue, however, and don’t hold the same staunch anti-cannabis views of Guadagno. Jersey has seen a blue wave since the days of Gov. Christie, and with it has come a darker shade of green. Christie’s replacement, Phil Murphy, ran on a pro-pot platform.

In the U.S., 10 states and D.C. have legalized adult-use cannabis and 33 states and D.C. also have medical marijuana laws in place. Canada went legal as the world’s second nation to do so in July of this year and even the conservative country of South Korea recently implemented a medical CBD oil law for patients in need.

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