New Jersey

Le New Jersey a légalisé l’herbe récréative

Le gouverneur du New Jersey signe des lois pour légaliser la consommation de marijuana et décriminaliser la possession Le gouverneur Phil Murphy a signé lundi une loi qui fait du New Jersey le dernier État américain à légaliser la marijuana à usage récréatif, mais il faudra probablement attendre jusqu’à un an avant que les dispensaires ne commencent à vendre du cannabis au public. Suite à la légalisation généralisée dans divers États américains en novembre de l’année dernière, la légalisation du New Jersey est maintenant entrée en vigueur Le gouverneur démocrate a signé un programme de trois projets de loi après […]

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New Jersey Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Bills

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed legislation on Monday to implement the legalization of marijuana for use by adults and establish a commercial cannabis market in the state. The signing of the three bills by Murphy comes more than three months after voters approved a legalization ballot initiative in the November general election. “New Jersey’s broken, indefensible marijuana laws — which permanently stained the records of many residents and short-circuited their futures, disproportionately hurt communities of color and failed the meaning of justice at every level, social or otherwise — are no more,” Murphy said in a press […]

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Cannabis Negotiations Stall in New Jersey

The cannabis legalization “cleanup bill” just died in a New Jersey Senate Committee, when a committee meeting was cancelled this week.  The meeting was cancelled by Senate Judiciary Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden). Due to the cancellation, the bill won’t be able to move on to the next stage of voting.  Another hurdle to legalizing cannabis in New Jersey is Governor Phil Murphy, who has so far ignored all the legalization and decriminalization bills that have landed on his desk. He objected to provisions that would remove penalties for underage use of cannabis.  A Long Road Ahead For Legal Cannabis In […]

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New Jersey Reduces Penalties For Psilocybin Possession

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed a bill on Thursday that reduces the criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of psilocybin mushrooms. Under the bill (S 3256), those convicted for possession of less than one ounce (about 28 grams) of magic mushrooms will face lighter punishments including less time in jail and lower fines.  Current New Jersey law classifies possession of psilocybin mushrooms as a third-degree crime carrying penalties of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $35,000. Under the legislation signed into law by Murphy on Thursday, possession of less than […]

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New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Revised Bill On Underage Cannabis Use

Lawmakers in New Jersey late last week moved forward on legislation designed to clear up penalties for underage cannabis use.  Characterized as a “cleanup bill,” the legislation “would revise the consequences associated with the underage possession or consumption of illegal marijuana or hashish, or legalized cannabis items which may only be lawfully possessed by persons 21 years of age or older,” after the first attempt at a compromise bill unraveled earlier this month. That previous bill, according to NJ.com, “fell apart when Black lawmakers came together in opposition, arguing that the penalties it set forth for those under 21 would […]

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New Jersey Deal To Legalize Marijuana Falls Apart

A legislative deal to implement a ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis in New Jersey has apparently fallen apart over Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s insistence on civil penalties for underage people caught with marijuana. Voters in the Garden State approved the measure in the November general election with more than 67% of ballots cast. The ballot measure, however, left the details of marijuana legalization up to the state legislature. After the state Senate and General Assembly passed separate bills to implement the measure, Murphy’s office proposed a “cleanup bill” to address discrepancies in the bills from lawmakers. Only two days […]

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New Jersey Governor and Senate Nearing Agreement on Legalization

New Jersey famously legalized cannabis this past election, but the clock is ticking, and there is still no formal consensus on how to get the ball rolling with legalization and set up a fully legal industry. Now, following many setbacks, the governor and state senate are finally close to reaching an agreement.  This agreement, once finalized, would get rid of the criminal charges tied to underage cannabis possession, something that Governor Phil Murphy has emphasized is a matter of great importance to him before he signs off on legalization. Murphy was concerned that the language of the bill that landed […]

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Wants Last-Minute Changes To Cannabis Legalization Bills

Cannabis legalization bills in New Jersey hit a snag on Tuesday when Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy directed lawmakers to include provisions that levy civil fines for marijuana possession and use by individuals under the age of 21. The state Senate and Assembly passed separate bills to decriminalize possession of marijuana and regulate a licensed cannabis industry on December 17 in response to the approval of a legalization ballot measure that was approved by voters in the November election. The governor’s office announced on Monday that it was working to rectify differences between the Senate and Assembly versions of the bills […]

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New Jersey Cannabis Legalization Bill Stalls

New Jersey has been coasting towards legal infrastructure since passing legal cannabis in the November election, but the state just hit a roadblock. The current cannabis legislation stalled this Monday because of differences between the senate and assembly bills.  Things were looking good on Thursday of last week, when the legislation was passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, who approved with an 8-4 margin. However, the bill they passed had too many differences from the Senate committee bill, who wanted to remove a provision limiting grow licenses and add in some other changes.  Now, it is up to sponsors of […]

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New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Recreational Marijuana Bills

New Jersey state lawmakers passed landmark legislation to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday, following through on the will of voters who overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to legalize adult-use cannabis in last month’s election. Approval of the bills comes after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders announced earlier this month that they had come to an agreement on the provisions of the measures. “The New Jersey Legislature has delivered the most progressive legislation in the nation regarding marijuana legalization, incorporating critical components of social justice and social equity that communities of color and others have been demanding for years,” […]

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