New Jersey

Wed
06
Jan

Legalized Pot Could Revitalize Atlantic City

The Asbury Park Press’ Dec. 24 editorial, “Don’t gamble with marijuana in Atlantic City,” opposing my proposal to bring recreational marijuana to the city only demonstrates the ever-expanding problems with the gaming industry.

Tue
05
Jan

N.J. company buys Virgin Islands medical marijuana firm

A New Jersey holding company has completed its acquisition of a medical marijuana firm, and named new leadership as part of the transaction, it announced Monday.

Piscataway-based Mobile Broadcasting Holding Inc. said in a news release that it wrapped up the deal for U.S. Virgin Islands-based Medically Minded LLC announced earlier this month, naming Ken Sobel the company’s new president and Stephen A. Jones, principal shareholder, its new CEO.

Medically Minded provides medical cannabis and cannabis-related products, as well as medical tourist services, MBHC said.

Mon
28
Dec

The Toughest Marijuana Laws in the United States

CANNABIS CULTURE – Now that Canada is poised to legalize cannabis for all adults, you may grow complacent about how much trouble marijuana can get you into in the United States.

Sure, we’ve got four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) that have legalized some possession of weed, with another five states (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada) likely to legalize in 2016. You can even possess pot in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.

Mon
28
Dec

Police ask for ID, man hands them marijuana

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -

When authorities in Warren County asked a man laying in an alley for ID, police say he handed them a wallet full of marijuana.

Hackettstown police responded to an alley in the 100 block of Main Street just after 8 p.m. Christmas for reports of an unconscious and unresponsive man, according to a news release.

There officers found Santos Vasques-Hernandez on the ground. Police say the 34-year-old was breathing and appeared to be intoxicated, when he become combative and started swinging at officers.

When police asked him for identification, Vasques-Hernandez handed officers his wallet that contained a baggy of suspected marijuana. Police also found a wooden pipe that contained suspected marijuana residue.

Tue
22
Dec

Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Job Protection for Medical Cannabis Patients

New Jersey’s Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee has given unanimous approval to legislation that would explicitly prohibit employers from firing or discriminating against an employee for participating in the state’s medical cannabis program.

Under the proposed law (Senate Bill 3162), which was passed 6 to 0, employers can only fire an individual for their medical cannabis use if it clearly impacts their job. The measure has now been sent to the full 40-member Senate, where its passage is expected. If given approval in the full Senate, it will head to the Assembly before going to Governor Chris Christie for final consideration.

Thu
17
Dec

SCOTUS Should Dismiss States’ Challenge to Colorado Marijuana Legalization, Solicitor General Says

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli Jr., issued a statement Wednesday advising the Supreme Court not to hear a lawsuit Nebraska and Oklahoma filed against Colorado’s marijuana legalization law last December.

Fri
11
Dec

Legislation to Legalize Hemp Passes New Jersey Committee

Two bills to legalize the cultivation and distribution of hemp, while establishing a hemp grower’s license, have been passed out of New Jersey’s Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Assemblymember Anthony Bucco (R-25) was the sole no vote.

“More than 20 industrial hemp-producing countries worldwide each generate millions of dollars in revenue selling everything from fabrics to personal care products made from one of the world’s oldest crops,” said Assemblymember Reed Guscoria (D-15), who sponsored the two bills. “We cannot continue to allow misconceptions about the hemp industry to govern decision-making when an opportunity to create good jobs and expand our economy is on the line.”

 

Mon
30
Nov

New Jersey: What you should know about anti-marijuana legalization

Recently, proponents of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey held a public hearing in Trenton.  Currently, there are four states that have legalized marijuana and eleven states that have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.  

Proponents argue that legalization will allow police to focus on more serious crimes and allowing retail businesses to sell it will generate tax revenue and eliminate the black market of drug dealers.  Many view marijuana as a relatively harmless drug especially when compared with alcohol. 

Fri
27
Nov

NJ Marijuana dispensary to host seminar

Medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey for certain patients with a prescription and a marijuana registration card. But most doctors aren't enrolled in the state's program.

Compassionate Sciences ATC will host an educational event about medical marijuana on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 2175 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill. The conference will feature Dr. Anthony Anzalone and will explain which conditions qualify for medical marijuana, how to obtain a state medical marijuana card, associated costs, state regulations, and available services at the dispensary.

 

Tue
24
Nov

N.J. pot arrests have increased even as legislators consider legalization

As public acceptance of marijuana use grows in the United States, nationwide arrests for simple possession of pot have dropped in recent years. New Jersey is going in the opposite direction.

Marijuana arrests in the state jumped 10 percent in 2012 and 2013, according to the latest New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reports.

In fact, the 24,765 arrests made for possessing small amounts of marijuana in 2013 is the highest number in 20 years, and nearly double the amount in 1993, when the state's population was 12 percent less, based on state police statistics and an analysis by the ACLU of New Jersey. In the five years prior to 2013, arrests had hovered around 22,000.

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