New Jersey

Mon
25
Mar

N.J. could vote to legalize weed today. Or it could fall apart. Here’s the latest.

New Jersey on Monday could finally move just one step away from legalizing marijuana.

Or we may end up with months more of waiting.

After a year and a half of debate and delays, both houses of the state Legislature are scheduled to vote on an historic but controversial bill that would legalize, tax, and regulate recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older in the Garden State.

Fri
22
Mar

New Mexico Lawmakers expand protections for medical cannabis patients

Lawmakers have approved a pair of bills amending the state’s medical cannabis program to expand patients’ access to the plant and to provide additional legal protections.

Thu
21
Mar

New Jersey makes huge stride in legalizing cannabis

New Jersey has finally taken a step forward in the long, arduous journey to legalizing recreational cannabis by advancing a new piece of legislation. The proceedings were “testy” and included some “back-room wrangling,” according to the Associated Press. But questions remain if the measure will, ultimately, pass and reach Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.

Wed
20
Mar

New Jersey makes huge stride in legalizing marijuana

New Jersey has finally taken a step forward in the long, arduous journey to legalizing recreational marijuana by advancing a new piece of legislation. The proceedings were “testy” and included some “back-room wrangling,” according to the Associated Press. But questions remain if the measure will ultimately pass and reach Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.

Wed
13
Mar

NJ Governor announces vote on marijuana legalization this month

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday that he had reached an agreement with legislative leaders to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Lawmakers expect to vote on the deal on March 25 and Murphy could sign the legalization bill later that week. Murphy said in a press release that after nearly a year of negotiation, he and lawmakers including Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Senator Nicholas Scutari, and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano had agreed on a regulatory and tax structure for an adult-use cannabis industry.

Fri
08
Mar

It could be months before N.J. can expand its medical marijuana program. Here’s why

Since Gov. Phil Murphy took office more than a year ago, he’s made expanding access to medical marijuana a priority. But his administration’s latest efforts to grow the program could be in for a court battle that could last months, or longer.

In December, the state Department of Health announced the six companies it had selected to open medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, furthering an expansion of the state’s constrained medical marijuana program that had been started by Murphy earlier in 2018.

Wed
27
Feb

Legal in the State or not, some cities ban marijuana

Momentum toward legalization of marijuana continues to grow. That doesn’t mean local officials have to like it. In fact, many of them have taken action to ban the possession of pot, including in states where recreational use is becoming acceptable.

New Jersey lawmakers are widely expected to legalize pot this year. They have determined that the drug is relatively benign and undeserving of criminal penalties. The fact that legalized marijuana sales have helped boost tax revenues in other states doesn’t hurt.

Fri
22
Feb

New Jersey agrees on high marijuana tax, still not closer to actual deal

Although legalizing marijuana is a relatively easy task — a state eliminates the prohibition standard and orders its police forces to stop busting people for weed — establishing a taxed and regulated system for the cannabis plant and its products has proven difficult for lawmakers in some parts of the country.

Wed
20
Feb

New Jersey Mayor who banned weed in his town revealed to be paid lobbyist

Stephen Reid is the mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. In December 2017, under Mayor Reid’s leadership, Point Pleasant became the first New Jersey city to preemptively ban any cannabis industry operations, should the state legalize them. The Point Pleasant Beach ban kicked off a statewide trend, leading to more than 10 percent of all New Jersey towns, representing nearly every county, passing resolutions restricting, banning or opposing cannabis industry operations and adult-use legalization.

Sun
17
Feb

N.J.’s governor promised to clear weed convictions. Here’s just how hard that will be.

Jeran Crawford was 29 when he first got tangled up with police. He and his cousin were arrested in Irvington in 2010 on 16 counts. He ended up pleading guilty to six charges, including drug possession and receiving stolen property, and was hit with two years of probation.

But after his probation ended, those convictions prevented him from getting even low-level jobs, blocked access to financial aid for continuing his education and initially barred him from getting a license in Pennsylvania to be a funeral director.

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