NJ marijuana legalization: Weed image problem decades in the making


As New Jersey takes steps toward legalizing recreational marijuana, the cannabis industry is trying to unravel an image problem that is decades in the making.
Michael L. Diamond

Ronald Sage looked outside of his Freehold office one November day in 1975 to see three members from the Global Gospel Outreach’s Ocean Grove chapter holding signs that warned against the devil’s weed.

Sage, a lawyer, had filed a lawsuit challenging state marijuana laws. He walked outside to discuss the issue with the group, including 91-year-old Elizabeth Jaqui. But they weren’t going to budge.

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