He’s a New Jersey State Senator by day, but by night Jon Bramnick is known as “New Jersey’s Funniest Lawyer” and this Saturday night he’ll be appearing at Catch A Rising Star at the Princeton Hyatt Regency with Vince August, a Municipal Court judge who ditched the bench to do stand-up.
Bramnick and August were guests on my radio show New Jersey 101.5 and the controversial topic of “Now that we’ve legalized recreational marijuana, should the New Jersey police be able to get high on their day off?”
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“It’s new because how do you tell someone you can’t do something legal?” said August. “We say it’s marijuana because it stays in your bloodstream longer than alcohol does, but it doesn’t necessarily impair you.”
August, who tours with Trevor Noah, continued with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.
“Here’s the thing about cops getting high. They eat a lot of donuts like that already. Do we really want these guys to really take that aspect of their lives to the next level?”
“What I don’t understand,” Bramnick says, “is if they’re allowed to drink and get as drunk as they want on Saturday night. How do you pretend they shouldn’t not to use marijuana, which is now legal “I understand that there are requests for it but I just don’t understand. I don’t really understand what the difference is between them drinking on Saturday night or smoking marijuana. I’m lost on this.”
“The biggest problem here,” August says, “is having cops who are DREs (Drug Recognition Experts) in marijuana because that’s a new thing. That’s a thing with alcohol. , you can pretty much tell when somebody’s drunk. But with pot, you’re gonna have to give these guys all kinds of training. Now anyone can arrest somebody for DWI, but with marijuana, these guys are all going to have to go through specialized training.
The month of August relativized
“A lot of people I know, I think they’re stoned half the time anyway. And they’re not. They’re just stupid. So we have to be careful with this thing.”
August then put his tongue back in his cheek.
“If we’re going to have cops, stoned, with guns. We’re going to have guys arresting dragons, we’re going to have guys arresting dinosaurs. We can’t have cops imagining or hallucinating while they’re drive the car shooting at imaginary things. We did it with kids a few years ago with pokemon on their phones chasing imaginary things in the park. Cope is going to do pokemon only they are going to get their ass kicked.
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The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise only. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.
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