New Jersey

Tue
31
Dec

USDA Approves First State Hemp Plans

Three state hemp plans have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture so far – and what’s surprising is the state that isn’t among them.

State and tribal hemp production plans that are pending approval or have been approved can be found here. Last updated on December 27, the states to get a green light at this point are Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain welcomed the approval.

Tue
31
Dec

N.J. farmers can grow hemp in 2020

The start of the new year will bring a new cash crop to New Jersey after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the state’s plan to grow hemp.

As of Friday, the USDA has given three states and three Native American tribes the green light to grow the plant, a mild cousin of marijuana. In addition to New Jersey, Louisiana and Ohio’s proposals received approval.

Grown legally, hemp has only small amounts of the compound THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that causes a high. The plant can be used to make plastics, clothing, food and legal CBD products. Industry analysts predict hemp production could top $22 billion in coming years.

Tue
24
Dec

These U.S. states are most likely to legalize marijuana in 2020

The cannabis advocacy community wants the nation to believe that 2019 was a banner year in the realm of marijuana reform. But the only things that really happened were that New York and New Jersey failed to make good on their word to legalize, Illinois followed through and the U.S. House of Representatives dilly-dallied with a couple of bills (SAFE and MORE Acts) that will never see the light of day.

This “banner” year that pro-pot organizations like NORML are so proud of really doesn’t equate to much. But we could have better luck next year. There are several states positioned to legalize marijuana in 2020. These are the five that seem to have the best chance at success.

Mon
23
Dec

What Happens to New York Now That New Jersey is Voting on Legalization?

After months of discussing the likely outcome, New Jersey lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly approved the inclusion of adult-use cannabis on its 2020 ballot. If approved, adults over the age of 21 would be able to participate in the legal marketplace. However, the vote would then turn the legislating back to lawmakers who struggled to put together a passable bill the year prior. 

Thu
19
Dec

New Jersey set to vote on marijuana legalization in 2020

Voters in New Jersey are slated to decide next year on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in the state after several failed attempts by lawmakers to pass a legalization bill. 

The question that will find itself on the 2020 ballot will be “Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called ‘cannabis’?”

If approved, New Jersey will become the 11th US state to allow recreational cannabis as residents aged 21 and older will be able to legally purchase weed.

The ten remaining states where recreational pot is allowed have also approved the measure via ballot.

Marijuana products would be subject to the New Jersey 6.625% sales tax, while other details would be worked out following the ballot.

Thu
19
Dec

N.J. lets some pot convictions go in step toward legalization

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to expunge the criminal records of low-level marijuana offenders and to restore voting rights for more than 80,000 convicts.

Murphy, a Democrat who took office in January 2018, hailed the bills as a hallmark of his progressive agenda and a fresh start for thousands of residents whose records have hampered job and housing searches. The laws were welcomed by civil-rights groups, urban mayors and religious leaders.

Mon
16
Dec

NJ Lawmakers Considering Referendum To Legalize Cannabis

New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday scheduled hearings on a proposal to let voters decide in 2020 whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committees set hearings on the proposed referendum.

Lawmakers failed in March to advance legislation legalizing recreational cannabis, despite support from Democratic leaders and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, so they plan to seek support from voters.

The proposed amendment must pass with a three-fifths majority in both houses in a single year, or with a simple majority in two consecutive years in order to appear on the ballot.

Thu
12
Dec

Marijuana Legalization Could Be Coming To These States In 2020

This year has been momentous for cannabis reform, from the Illinois General Assembly becoming the first state legislature to pass a bill to regulate cannabis like alcohol to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the SAFE Banking Act and forging ahead with the MORE Act. 

It’s important to celebrate these victories, but with the end of 2019 comes the beginning of 2020, which is already shaping up to be the biggest year ever for marijuana-policy reform. 

Wed
27
Nov

With legal weed on hold, N.J. leaders now discussing decriminalizing pot

Now that legal marijuana is on hold in New Jersey, state leaders are privately discussing a plan to decriminalize marijuana in the meantime and put an end to arrests for pot possession, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Three sources familiar with the issue said lawmakers are in talks about whether to move forward with a bill that would treat pot possession like a traffic violation in the Garden State — meaning you’d get a fine instead of jail time.

The sources spoke on the condition on anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Fri
22
Nov

NJ marijuana legalization: Legal weed may have cheap taxes if approved by voters in 2020

If all goes according to proponents' plan, New Jersey may finally be the cheapest at something: legal weed taxes. 

A marijuana-legalizing ballot measure expected to go before voters next year states that legal weed sales in New Jersey would only be subject to the state sales tax, which is currently at 6.625%. 

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