New Jersey

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13
Nov

Will your state be the next to legalize marijuana? Here's 5 that are close

Next year could see a huge shift in favor of green, and we’re not talking about the environment.

Lawmakers have taken notice of the shift in public opinion on marijuana legalization, and many are no longer afraid that supporting legal weed is political suicide. There are now eight states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana, and four of those laws were enacted in the past year alone.

Mon
13
Nov

Could New Jersey be the next state to legalize marijuana?

When New Jersey chose a Democrat as its next governor, voters eager to cut ties with anything related to Bridgegate also cleared a path for the state legalizing marijuana.

Fri
10
Nov

Marijuana could be legal in New Jersey as soon as April

It’s looking like the Garden State is about to plant some new greenery. 

Following Democrat Phil Murphy’s victory in New Jersey’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday, marijuana legalization in the state could very quickly become a reality. The incoming governor, who won his race in a landslide, made cannabis legalization a key part of his campaign platform. 

Wed
08
Nov

New Jersey’s next governor promises marijuana legalization

New Jersey voters elected Phil Murphy to serve as the Garden State’s next governor on Tuesday.

Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, consistently argued in favor of legalizing marijuana throughout the course of the campaign.

Here’s a look at what he’s promised to do:

The Democrat included a call to end cannabis prohibition during his primary election victory speech in June.

“The criminalization of marijuana has only served to clog our courts and cloud people’s futures, so we will legalize marijuana,” he said. “And while there are financial benefits, this is overwhelmingly about doing what is right and just.”

He also pledged in the speech to end mass incarceration and “eliminate prisons for profit.”

Wed
08
Nov

Marijuana won Tuesday's election

Voters in two states chose new governors on Tuesday. Both of those elections -- as well as the results of a number of local races across the country -- will have huge implications for efforts to legalize marijuana.

Here's an overview of cannabis-specific ballot measures that voters approved, along with details on how the Democratic gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia will boost marijuana reform campaigns in those states.

New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy

Wed
01
Nov

NJ must recognize marijuana's medicinal value, court says

State and federal law classified marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs more than 45 years ago, citing its "high potential for abuse" and a lack of medical value.

But a groundbreaking decision by a state appeals court on Tuesday said the Christie administration must revisit marijuana's legal standing under state law because its health benefits are "abundantly and glaringly apparent now."

Mon
30
Oct

Doctors have a poor understanding of cannabis Pharmacology

The first study medical competency study of physicians-in-training during the legalized marijuana era has found that doctors have a poor understanding of cannabis pharmacology.

The study, presented at the 2017 Annual CHEST Meeting in Toronto, ON, Canada, assessed the preparedness of resident physicians in the New Jersey medical cannabis program.

Researchers from Saint Peter’s University Hospital (SPUH) in Jersey City NJ, and Rutgers Robert Woods Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ, set preparedness primary objectives for the resident physicians in terms of understanding the state’s cannabis program regulations, and an evaluated level of comfort in counseling patients on cannabis products.

Fri
27
Oct

A well-kept secret: How veterans and their doctors are getting around medical marijuana policy

Between November 2016 and May 2017, Jonathan Fruchter, a 37-year-old Navy veteran, was receiving care at a post-traumatic stress disorder inpatient clinic with the Lyons New Jersey VA Medical Center. He spent his days in meetings that started with a check-in meeting every morning at 8 a.m., then briefly break before group therapy sessions at 9 and 10 a.m. and again at 1 and 2 p.m.

Fri
27
Oct

New Jersey adds 5 new qualifying conditions to medical marijuana program

Medical Marijuana in New Jersey

In 2010, on his final day in office, Governor Jon Corzine signed a law passing medical cannabis. He reportedly did this among a “flurry of bills” on his last day in power. But even though the Garden State now had access to MMJ, everything was not coming up roses. The state’s medicinal cannabis program only had 11 qualifying conditions that would allow patients access. Although the law says that the state could add more conditions, the program became notorious for its rigid standards and strict guidelines.

Thu
19
Oct

Legalize marijuana in Jersey? Your choice for governor will determine that

Voters in this year's New Jersey governor's race are not just picking Chris Christie's successor.

Their choice will dictate whether or not marijuana for recreational use will be legalized in New Jersey. 

Electing Democrat Phil Murphy means New Jersey would soon join eight other states in legalizing marijuana for people 21 and older and creating what is predicted to be a multibillion-dollar industry. He's promised to sign a legalization bill into law within the first 100 days of his term. Democrats who control the state Legislature appear willing. 

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