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Moench: Bridgewater Should Take Stand Against Governor's Work on Legalizing Marijuana in New Jersey

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Councilman Matthew Moench last week asked township attorney William Savo to look at options regarding an ordinance for legalized recreational marijuana.

“Gov. Murphy has made legalizing marijuana a cornerstone of his campaign," Moench said in a press release. "I remain hopeful that responsible members of the legislature from both parties will stand up to this ill-conceived initiative. However, if not, it is incumbent upon local officials to take steps to protect their communities."

Moench said that other municipalities, such as those in Monmouth County, have already entertained the matter.

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The Monmouth Board of Chosen Freeholders, he said, recently approved a resolution that opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana usage.
 
Moench said in the release that legalized recreational marijuana will be detrimental to quality of life.
 
"There are too many questions left unanswered about the impacts that legalized recreational marijuana will have, and any potential benefits are not worth the risk," he said in the release. "At a time when our communities are in a desperate fight against opioid abuse, we should not be sending the message to kids that smoking marijuana is an acceptable afterschool activitiy."
 
In line with this, Moench announced that the Narcan drug training seminars that were held in Bridgewater last month in conjunction with Rutgers University will be repeated in the spring.

 
Moench said the event will be held again on May 8. More information will be made available as the date nears.
 
Moench had organized the initial Narcan training for the Bridgewater community, which was well-attended on Jan. 23 at the CenterBridge II senior housing complex, on Shasta Drive. The training was presented by Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Division of Addiction Psychiatry.
 
Participants in the training were provided free doses of Narcan, along with gloves and a rescue breathing mask.
 
According to WebMD.com, Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is used to treat opioid (narcotic) overdoses, and is delivered via injection. Residents and other individuals with questions about Bridgewater’s Narcan program can email them to healthybridgewater@gmail.com.
 
With regard to other upcoming health events in the Bridgewater area, the “Until Help Arrives” program, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be held in February at the Green Knoll Rescue Squad, on North Bridge Street. The program will deal with triage and providing first person on-scene medical aid, including properly contacting 911, before professional medical assistance arrives.
 
The program will teach residents how to use simple and effective skills to save lives; effective communication with 911 operators; how to stop life-threatening bleeding; how to manage your body under stress; and how to position the injured. Those in attendance will learn from some of New Jersey's most respected pre-hospital providers free of charge through a grant from the NJ Department of Health.
 
The program is presented by University Hospital's Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response, and will include lecture, video and hands-on elements.
 
Residents can register for the program by visiting http://www,uhnj.org/cepr or by calling 973-972-6444.
 
Red dress pins, in recognition of February as Women’s Heart Health Month, were also made available to the public at the Bridgewater council meeting. More information is available from the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.

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