DFCR Founder and President David Nathan co-authors an opinion piece with Paul Armentano regarding the upcoming vote to legalize cannabis in New Jersey. Article excerpt:
Having spent many years working on marijuana policy, we’ve had ringside seats to the dramatic evolution of public opinion about cannabis legalization. Today, 33 states have laws on the books regulating the production and dispensing of medical cannabis to qualified patients, while eleven states – encompassing one-quarter of the U.S. population – now regulate its non-medical use by adults. And more than two-thirds of Americans – including a majority of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans – favor making marijuana legal for those age 21 or older. On Election Day, Garden State voters have the opportunity to make New Jersey the twelfth state to legalize, regulate, and tax the commercial marijuana market. It is critical that New Jerseyans vote YES on Question 1 in the interest of justice, public health, and fiscal responsibility.
Read the opinion piece by David Nathan and Paul Armentano at NJ.com
David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA is a psychiatrist, writer, and educator in Princeton NJ. He is the founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and served as our first President. Dr. Nathan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While maintaining a full-time private practice, he serves as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and Director of Professional Education at Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH). While serving on the steering committee of New Jersey United For Marijuana Reform (NJUMR.org), Dr. Nathan was surprised by the absence of any national organization to act as the voice of physicians who wish to guide our nation along a well-regulated path to cannabis legalization. This need was the inspiration for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.