New Jersey


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.


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.


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.


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.


Marketing marijuana could prove a tricky business in Jersey

With New Jersey on the brink of legalizing adult-use marijuana, marketers are preparing to jump into the industry. But legalization will come with restrictions on marketing, especially when it comes to kids, and that will present a challenge. It’s something cannabis marketing adviser Stella Morrison is closely monitoring.

“The bill as it’s written will not allow certain imagery that appeals to children, which has a broad range. We know from other states that bright colors can be a part of this, cartoon characters can be a part of this,” said Morrison, who heads the marketing company CannaContent.

In fact, advertisers would have to prove that at least 71.6 percent of their advertising audience is over the age of 21.


A new plan for taxing legal weed could restart the N.J. legalization debate

The stalemate over marijuana taxes in New Jersey is well known by now.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney has said he won’t go a penny more than 12 percent on the excise tax on legal weed. The governor has balked at that and has previously said he favors a tax rate closer to 25 percent.

While taxes aren’t the only issue dividing the governor and legislative leaders, it’s been one of the biggest things keeping New Jersey lawmakers from voting on legal weed.

But a new cannabis tax proposal has been floated this month, and it could help catalyze the marijuana debate in Trenton.


N.J. employers search for straight answers on cannabis in the workplace

Business leaders have a lot of questions about how to handle employee issues that may crop up with the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program and the possibility of full legalization.

For instance, can employees use cannabis in the workplace if it’s prescribed by a doctor? Can employers still require drug tests and are they even useful anymore? What if employees are drug-impaired but have a doctor’s authorization to use cannabis?

“The advice that I’ve been giving employers is ‘just stay calm,’” said Laura Link, a cannabis attorney at Archer Law. She was speaking to businesspeople at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s panel event “The Cannabis Economy: Are You Ready?” in East Windsor Wednesday morning.


Opioid addiction now qualifies patients for medical marijuana in N.J.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced a broad attack on opioid addiction in New Jersey by adding it to the list of illnesses that qualify residents for medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid coverage for medication-assisted treatment, a scientifically proven method of preventing relapses.

Murphy’s announcement comes as the opioid crisis reaches new heights in the Garden State.


New York and New Jersey governors call for marijuana legalization

The Democratic governors of New York and New Jersey each set goals to legalize recreational marijuana as part of their 2019 agendas, declaring in separate State of the State speeches Tuesday that new laws should raise state revenue and redress past criminal and economic injustice.




Phil Murphy. Photographer: Allison Joyce/Bloomberg


Last votes needed to legalize marijuana in N.J. may come from these 3 GOP moderates

With Democrats who lead the state Senate still tantalizingly short of votes needed to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey, a triumvirate of moderate Republican senators has emerged to seize the moment. The move was first reported in NJ Cannabis Insider.


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