Local woman pledges to oppose marijuana legalization

By Randy Bartley

Staff Writer

CLARION

While she was living in New Jersey, Samantha Rose kept in touch with the Clarion area on-line.

When she saw that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman held a town hall meeting to discuss the legalization of medical marijuana, she became concerned.

The former Clarion University student was active with the effort to stop legalization in New Jersey.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy had pledged to legalize recreational marijuana and incorporate the revenues from legalized marijuana into his budget.

That effort was stopped and the legalization issue is now on the ballot as a referendum.

Rose penned a widely-circulated letter to Gov. Murphy arguing against legalization.

Rose, who now resides in Shippenville, is a member of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) in New Jersey. She hopes to see similar efforts in Pennsylvania.

"I initially went on line to find Mothers Against Drunk Driving and I found out they did not have a position on buzzed driving," she said. "Then I started to look for groups that were opposed to legalization. I did find SAM and I joined the effort to stop the legalization movement.

"I know Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has been holding town hall meetings in Pennsylvania and, if you want to stop legalization now is the time to start putting out information to change hearts and minds.

"If you are going to stop legalization, then you must organize. The fight starts right here, right now."

Rose said New Jersey RAMP (Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy) is a "coalition of individuals and associations who believe that the health, safety and economic harms or recreational marijuana legalization far outweighs the perceived social benefits.

"People need to understand the ramifications of legalized pot," she said.

She suggests that anyone interested in learning about the negative impact of legalization should see RAMP's website.