Dear Editor,

I was once a lone voice, as a zealous critic of Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) and her personal financial interest in continuing the War on Drugs through her profitable non-profit organization, Prevention First.

However, after her recent irrational editorial (in the Asbury Park Press) in opposition to marijuana legalization, it appears that a lot of other people have woken up to her rhetoric and are beginning to ask questions about the money trail.

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Prevention First need to be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division for her uncomfortably close ties to industries that profit from marijuana being kept illegal.

Seriously-ill patients unable to legally access marijuana through New Jersey’s overly limited medical marijuana system, youth, minorities and poor people are disproportionately impacted by our state’s draconian laws.

New Jersey should ignore the Angelini propaganda and look to qualified experts, like attorney Eric E. Sterling, for guidance. Sterling was Counsel to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary from 1979 to 1989 and helped write a good portion of our federal drug laws, but now supports the legalization of marijuana.

Eric Hafner
Toms River