This New Jersey politician thinks weed is more addictive than cocaine. Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little put logic and science aside when he spoke at a February 7, 2018 meeting about opposing recreational weed in Ocean County. Little noted that cannabis remains a Schedule 1 drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which cocaine is a Schedule 2 drug. So, it must be less addictive than cannabis.
In a 2010 study asking drug experts to rank 20 legal and illegal drugs based on their harm to a person’s health and society. Scientists placed alcohol, crack, meth, cocaine and tobacco ahead of cannabis, with cocaine causing nearly 33% more user and societal harm.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who took office on January 16, 2018, campaigned on a promise to legalize recreational cannabis within his first 100 days in office, but several Ocean County towns have already banned it. Cannabis could be a huge economic benefit for New Jersey, but the age-old argument, “what about the kids?” is something politicians keep falling back on.
Meanwhile, in the states with medical weed across the U.S., medical cannabis has shown to have plenty of benefits easing nausea, anxiety and chronic pain.