Pam Hersh

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Council Member Opposes Legalization of Recreational Marijuana, Supports Decriminalization

 

Letter to the Editor

October 5, 2018

As a member of the Highland Park Borough Council, and as the father of two adolescents, I am concerned about the likely legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey and the possibility of marijuana being sold in Highland Park. I support the bill that State Senator Ron Rice has sponsored that would remove criminal penalties for small amounts of marijuana but would not create a system that would legalize marijuana in New Jersey. I understand that the New Jersey State Legislature is considering legalizing marijuana throughout the State with an opt-out provision for municipalities that want to ban marijuana sales. I am currently advocating passage of an ordinance that would prevent businesses in Highland Park from selling marijuana (medicinal and recreational) and marijuana paraphernalia due to the harm posed by marijuana and its active addictive ingredient, Tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), and the risks legalization of marijuana poses to adolescents. In an April 2016 article, You Can’t Deny Marijuana Is Dangerous For Developing Minds, Dr. Diane McIntosh, a psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, explained that marijuana “is not benign and there’s a mountain of scientific evidence, compiled over nearly 30 years, to prove it poses serious risks, particularly for developing brains.” She points out that smoking marijuana produces cancer causing toxins and chronic lung disease, and may lower one’s IQ, cause brain cell damage, mental illness, and motor vehicle accidents. READ MORE

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Seeking artists and vendors to participate in renowned arts festival Sept. 16

Main Street Highland Park is seeking Central Jersey artists, crafters, businesses, vendors, and food vendors for Highland Park’s 14th annual arts street festival, Arts in the Park, on Sunday September 16, 2018.  This renowned festival showcases fine arts and crafts from all over the region and shines a spotlight on Highland Park’s vibrant, diverse, multi-faceted arts scene. What sets this arts fair apart from a general street fair is the fact that it is a juried art show with expert judges from throughout New Jersey. This annual celebration of the arts draws thousands (last year an estimated 10,000) of art enthusiasts to stroll through downtown Highland Park and enjoy artistic offerings, live music, food, and much more. Participants in the juried art show display and sell their work under tents along Raritan Avenue (Route 27) in Highland Park. READ MORE

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One Matt H replaces another – Matt Hale fills term of Matt Hersh on Council

Dr. Matthew Hale on July 18, 2018 was sworn in as a borough council member by Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Matthew Hersh. Replacing one Matthew H with another Matthew H was necessitated by Matt Hersh’s resignation from council in order to join Governor Phil Murphy’s administration as director of Communications for the NJ Board of Public Utilities. “Matt Hale is a tenured political science professor at Seton Hall University and is widely respected for his political commentary. Matt has chaired our Digital Data Task-force, and it is an asset to have him join Highland Park Borough Council,” said Mayor Brill Mittler, who added that Matt Hersh’s new appointment demonstrates that Highland Park talent is treasured in Trenton. “As for the council, many residents may not realize how much of a formidable commitment it is to join borough council. READ MORE

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