New Jersey Legislature
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson).
Like almost every legislator, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter is considering the idea of legalizing cannabis in the state.
And, like almost every legislator, she has some questions about it.
“The Legislative Black Caucus is holding hearings to discuss the pros and the cons, so I’m keeping a very open mind,” Sumter (D-Paterson) said. “I’m in behavioral health, so, of course, my orientation is different, especially when it’s combined with other substances.
“We need to be cautious to not further the causes of addictions to rise when we don’t have enough treatment options now and (the ability to) pay for those types of services,” she said. “I need to emphasize that.”
She said cannabis brings a lot of issues and opportunities.
“The decriminalization part is critical to me as well, so we’re trying to come up with some legislation to support fully decriminalizing recreational use,” she said.
Sumter also recognizes the fact that cannabis could bring much-needed