The Princeton Cannabis Task Force (CTF) is planning to present a report and recommendations, based on more than seven months of research, discussion, and public meetings, to Princeton Council and the public at a November 30 special Council meeting.
CTF member David Nathan, a doctor and founder, past president, and director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, emphasized the importance of regulating the cannabis industry to promote social equity and safe access, and to prevent underage use.
“The Task Force has spent long hours in discussions with members of the Princeton community, assimilating the perspectives of both advocates and opponents of local dispensaries,” Nathan said. “We appreciate the imperative of preventing non-medical underage use, lifting up those among us who have been disproportionately harmed by the misguided war on drugs, and ensuring that all adult Princetonians have access to properly tested and labeled cannabis products.”
He continued, “This isn’t about creating a cannabis market in Princeton, but rather moving from an already thriving unregulated market to a regulated one. That’s something we should all get behind.”
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David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA is a psychiatrist, writer, and educator in Princeton NJ. He is the founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and served as our first President. Dr. Nathan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While maintaining a full-time private practice, he serves as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and Director of Professional Education at Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH). While serving on the steering committee of New Jersey United For Marijuana Reform (NJUMR.org), Dr. Nathan was surprised by the absence of any national organization to act as the voice of physicians who wish to guide our nation along a well-regulated path to cannabis legalization. This need was the inspiration for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.