New Jersey


Here's how fast N.J.'s medical marijuana program grew last year

The state medical marijuana program added nearly 5,000 new participants in 2016, more than doubling the enrollment from the prior year and exceeding 10,000 active members for the first time, according to state Health Department report.

More chronically ill and impaired citizens flocked to the program in 2016 just as five dispensaries scattered about the state were open for a full year, and one started producing topical and edible products.

The pace and reach of the program has been a source of frustration among patients and patient advocates who blamed Gov. Chris Christie for purposely dragging out the implementation of a 2010 law the governor inherited and criticized.


Meet the Experts V, A Unique East Coast B2B Cannabis Conference

The first business conference designed for states that have recently adopted medical and recreational marijuana, will be held on March 18th and 19th at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City. National and regional experts will advise on licensing, regulations, growing, medical recommendations, extracts, edibles, labs, delivery systems, taxes and banking.


Marijuana legislation inches ahead in New Jersey despite Christie warning

Republican Gov. Chris Christie's warning to the Democrat-led Legislature not to move forward with legalizing marijuana is going mostly unheeded.

Christie cautioned lawmakers against allowing recreational marijuana in an impassioned state of the state address aimed at battling the state's opioid epidemic.

But as the governor charges full-steam ahead with a program to battle drug addiction that got a warm reception from Democratic leaders, he's getting pushback when it comes to marijuana.

The issue comes to the fore has some are hoping New Jersey will soon join California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada that approved marijuana legalization this year.


Marijuana reforms flood state legislatures

Legislators in more than a dozen states have introduced measures to loosen laws restricting access to or criminalizing marijuana, a rush of legislative activity that supporters hope reflects a newfound willingness by public officials to embrace a trend toward legalization.

The gamut covered by measures introduced in the early days of legislative sessions underscores the patchwork approach to marijuana by states across the country — and the possibility that the different ways states treat marijuana could come to a head at the federal Justice Department, where President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to become attorney general is a staunch opponent of legal pot.


Rutgers University Breaks NCAA Ranks With Progressive Cannabis Policy

New Jersey's Rutgers University is breaking ranks with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on cannabis. Last summer, RU quietly revamped their marijuana policy for school athletes. The new rules - which took effect on August 1, 2016 - separate cannabis from performance-enhancing substances and hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.  

Marijuana will remain a prohibited substance, but student athletes at Rutgers will receive lighter punishments for using it compared to taking PED's and hard drugs. The new policy was developed in collaboration with coaches, legal counsellors, medical personnel and administrators at RU.


7 States To Watch In 2017 For Marijuana Legalization

Voters in eight states passed marijuana legalization laws following the 2016 presidential election, giving the legalization movement the required momentum for more states across the country to carry out discussions on the decriminalization of cannabis in 2017.

Here are seven states to watch that are gearing up to legalize cannabis in 2017:


The recreational legalization of cannabis is expected to be discussed by the state’s officials in early 2017. Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, during a Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee meeting in October 2016, said: “It’s time to certainly look at it.”


‘Blood Money!’: Chris Christie Unloaded When Caller Asks About Legalizing Marijuana

On Monday night, New Jersey Governor and Donald Trump transition team member Chris Christie did his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show on WKXW-FM in Trenton. Never one to mix words, the governor made a number of colorful comments, but none more so than when a caller asked him about his role as New Jersey’s foremost obstacle to the legalization of recreational marijuana. Christie not only had no qualms about admitting that he’s standing in the way of the pro-marijuana efforts, but admonished his opponents for pushing legislation that would bring in “blood money.”


N.J. could legalize marijuana as early as 2018, Senate president says

Legalized marijuana could be "a game-changer" for New Jersey's economy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Thursday, declaring his intent to help change the law as soon as the next governor takes office in 2018.

Fresh off their trip to Colorado to see how the legal marijuana industry works, Sweeney and a group of state lawmakers told reporters Thursday they were impressed with how regulated, safe and profitable this new cash crop has been for the Rocky Mountain state.


Pot Soda, Marijuana Treats for Anxious Dogs. NJ Lawmakers See It All in Colorado

Minutes after a group of New Jersey lawmakers entered the stark industrial Medicine Man marijuana cultivation center, an employee in blue scrubs rushed between them, pushing a plastic cart filled with pots containing a dozen leafy, two-foot-tall cannabis plants.

There was a scramble by the legislators and their aides to clear a path, and then chuckles and "wow"s.

"Oh, my God, It's like a celebrity just came through," Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R., Monmouth) quipped - referring to the pot, not the worker.


In New Jersey, a Renewed Push to Make Marijuana Legal

With Gov. Christie's surprising reversal on expanding the medical marijuana program comes a new batch of very different bills that would allow recreational cannabis in New Jersey.

Christie is not likely to change his strong opposition to legalization, even though he signed a bill last month allowing patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome to obtain cannabis. It was the first time a mental-health condition was added to the list of qualifying ailments.

But lawmakers say three legalization bills introduced this year would get discussions started, in anticipation of Christie's term ending in 2018.


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