TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey did not legalize recreational marijuana as part of the state’s newly enacted budget, but Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and a key lawmaker say it will get done soon. Advocates of legalization say they’re trying to overcome decades of stigma as well as a federal prohibition in an effort to make New Jersey the latest state to legalize cannabis.
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If the state Senate were to vote today on whether New Jersey should legalize marijuana for recreational use, the bill would fail, according to a survey by NJ Cannabis Insider, a new NJ Advance Media publication. Only five members of the 40-member Senate said they would vote yes when reached by telephone, in person and by email over the past three weeks.
Sen. Ron Rice doesn’t want to hear marijuana legalization advocates talk about the social justice aspect of their quest; people of color are three times more likely to be in prison for marijuana than white people. So, their argument goes, if you legalize marijuana, all of those people would be out.
Advocates of marijuana legalization in New Jersey say the public hearing was one-sided.
CLOSE Our country is being ravaged by an addiction epidemic that is tearing families apart. This preventable disease affects more people than cancer, heart disease or diabetes. And now New Jersey politicians are pushing to legalize another addictive drug – marijuana. I’m proud of my New Jersey roots.
We owe it to ourselves to be educated and informed about what recreational marijuana legalization will do to our society and especially our children
There was a decided point of view at Wednesday’s hearing on marijuana legalization hosted by the Legislative Black Caucus. It’s no secret that the caucus’ chair, Sen. Ron Rice, favors a decriminalization bill and has promised to get a Senate vote on it.
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CLOSE New Jersey’s black lawmakers, who may decide whether marijuana becomes legal in the state, are hearing a dystopian vision of a society in which babies are exposed to pot smoke, teenagers munch on marijuana-laced foods in school cafeterias, and the leaf replaces tomatoes and blueberries as a symbol of Garden State agriculture.
CLOSE New Jersey’s rush toward legal marijuana has slowed to a crawl. Gov. Phil Murphy’s first 100 days in office came and went without a legal weed bill passing the Legislature.
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Gov. Phil Murphy has said he’s confident the 2019 budget will include $49 million in tax revenue from recreational marijuana, despite a lack of any bill to legalize, tax and regulate adult-use cannabis. Murphy’s stance came on Monday afternoon at a budgetary press conference, where he was flanked by dozens of clergy, liberal activists and union officials.
CLOSE As New Jersey ponders the possible legalization of recreational marijuana, some local officials are already considering steps to limit the impact in their communities, including municipal bans on sales. Meanwhile, the Trump administration appears inclined to take a tougher stand against state laws that run counter to federal prohibitions on cannabis.
Frustrated by the focus on legalizing recreational marijuana in New Jersey, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers Thursday introduced a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot by treating it like a traffic offense in the state.
NEW FDU POLL SHOWS MAJORITY OF NEW JERSEYANS OPPOSE LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA TRENTON, NJ – The majority of New Jerseyans oppose legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a recent survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University. This marks the first time a recent poll in New Jersey has found less than 50 percent support for legalization.
The Center on Addiction’s mission is to put the facts out regarding legalizing marijuana and stop it from happening in New Jersey.
SWAINTON – Three speakers told Cape May County Chamber of Commerce members June 21 of the widespread negative effects legalized, recreational marijuana could have. Legislation is pending in Trenton that could make the drug legal for recreational use. It is legal for medical applications with a physician’s prescription.
We cannot legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey. We’re fighting a losing battle with an out-of-control opioid epidemic that claims thousands of lives every year. We have no business adding another addictive drug we will not control any better than we have the opioids, many of which are also “legal.”