Proposal to update NJ school curriculum to include cannabis education

Leah Mishkin, Correspondent | January 20, 2021 | Education
Bill would strengthen current health education for third through 12th grades

It’s been more than two months since New Jersey voters chose overwhelmingly to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults, but lawmakers remain deadlocked with the governor’s office over final legislation. The chief disagreement rests with penalties for underage use.

Now, two lawmakers say they’re introducing  a bill that would require schools to teach students about the risks of using cannabis. GOP Assemblyman Erik Simonsen said such legislation is important “now that the stigma has been taken away for marijuana and it’ll obviously be more prevalent in homes and other places that our young people know the dangers.” Correspondent Leah Mishkin reports.