New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Considering Change In Law Regarding Underage Cannabis Use

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy indicated this week that he is in favor of a change to the state’s new marijuana law that would allow law enforcement to notify parents of an underage individuals’ first-time pot offense.  Speaking at a press conference on Monday, the Democrat said he’s receptive to the tweak to the law he signed late last month. “I personally think that’s a step in the right direction, and so we’ll see where that goes,” Murphy said, as quoted by NJ.com. “It’s got a ways to go, but as a conceptual matter…I support that direction.” As NJ.com explained, […]

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New Jersey Introduces Workplace Safety Legislation Following Cannabis Legalization

It took New Jersey some time to finally get their new, legal cannabis industry up and running. Now that it is, some politicians feel that workplace safety could be an issue, and have introduced legislation to establish workplace safety laws in light of legalization. Senator Paul Sarlo, a Democrat, introduced this legislation in order to make sure that cannabis laws would not negatively impact workers or employees while they are on the job. His goal is to promote workplace safety and keep things up to state and federal standards in order to ensure there are no negative impacts from legalization. […]

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NAACP Claims New Jersey Cannabis Panel Illegal Without Black Men

New Jersey was just called out by the NAACP, who claim that the makeup of the state’s regulatory commission is in violation of the very law that created it.  This isn’t the first time that New Jersey’s regulatory cannabis commission has come under fire. Just a few days ago, a social justice advocate expressed criticism about the fact that there are no Black men on the commission, the same reason the NAACP is now going after the organization. As the critic pointed out, Black men have been more disproportionately affected by the war on drugs than any other group.  “There’s […]

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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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