New Jersey

Tue
15
Jan

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.

Mon
07
Jan

NJ towns buck marijuana legalization

As marijuana legalization inches forward in New Jersey, a coalition of mayors, law enforcement, and town councils are working to ensure that dispensaries never open up shop in their towns.

The municipalities banning marijuana are geographically and demographically diverse with the most concentrated areas of opposition in Bergen County and the Jersey Shore. So far, more than 45 towns have preemptively banned marijuana dispensaries, and the list continues to grow.

Fri
21
Dec

4 Under-the-radar marijuana stocks that benefit if New Jersey legalizes recreational pot

This has been nothing short of a transformational year for the marijuana industry. In October, Canada became the first industrialized country in the world to legalize recreational weed, opening the door to what should be billions of dollars in added annual sales once the industry has had the time to ramp up production.

We also witnessed plenty of milestones hit in the United States. The number of legalized-medical-cannabis states increased to 32, with Vermont and Michigan becoming the respective 9th and 10th states to legalize adult-use weed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also approved its very first cannabis-derived drug in June.

Mon
17
Dec

There are now 50 New Jersey towns who banned weed ahead of impending legalization

Late last month, New Jersey lawmakers in both the Assembly and Senate voted to advance a bill legalizing adult use cannabis and establishing a retail industry in the state. The vote to advance S2703 out of committee represents the first official legislative action on adult-use cannabis since pro-legalization Gov. Phil Murphy assumed office in January. But the lengthy and contentious public hearing that preceded the vote highlighted the breadth of opposition to the specifics of the bill, if not legalization in general.

Fri
14
Dec

New Jersey won’t vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in 2018

A vote before the year was out sounded possible, but it seems now that New Jersey state lawmakers will wait until 2019 to consider legalizing recreational marijuana.

A Thursday meeting between Gov. Phil Murphy, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin could have set up a vote by next week.

Instead, the three couldn’t reach a compromise on legislation, according to NJ.com, and now one of the most contentious issues of Murphy’s tenure will be pushed to next year.

Mon
10
Dec

New Jersey: Islanders beg doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis

The States recently voted in favour of allowing all medical professionals – including GPs – the option of prescribing the drug. The vote requires Health Minister Richard Renouf to bring forward final proposals for approval before the end of February.

And while both Daniel Clark and Edward Bennett have welcomed the move, they say they need swift action to help end their years of pain.

Some GPs have said they were reluctant to prescribe medicinal cannabis, despite the States vote, as there had not been enough clinical testing.

Mr Clark, who has been paralysed from the chest down following a motorbike accident almost 15 years ago, wants to take part in a trial which he believes will show the medicinal benefits of the drug.

Fri
07
Dec

Latest NJ cannabis bill advances, prioritizes Jersey City, Newark businesses

The Garden State’s slow slog toward the legalization of recreational marijuana appears to have a final bill set for a vote that heavily addresses social justice issues, and the legislation could have some significant benefits for four of the state’s largest cities.

Mon
03
Dec

New Jersey gets closer to legalizing adult use cannabis

On Monday, the New Jersey Legislature advanced a proposal to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved S2703, sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari, (7-2-4), and the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved A4497, sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, (6-1-2).

The next step is to send the legislation to the full chambers for a vote. The state’s Governor Phil Murphy has been a big supporter of legalizing and regulating adult use cannabis. Readers can follow the latest in legislative moves on the Green Market Reports Legislation section.

Thu
29
Nov

Former NJ Lt. Governor opposes weed legalization by comparing it to sex work

New Jersey’s Republican former lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno unwittingly made a good case for the legalization of sex work while attempting to trash the state’s proposed recreational cannabis bill.

“If they need revenue that badly let’s legalize a victimless crime and tax it up the wazoo,” she told 101.5 FM host Bill Spadea on Tuesday. “What do I mean by that? Let’s legalize prostitution. It’s better for women because they’ll get good medical care, it will cut out the middleman — if you know what I mean — and it’s between two consenting adults.”

Thu
29
Nov

Legal weed or medical marijuana? NJ medical dispensaries skirt nonprofit law to survive

Sen. Nicholas Scutari and Sen. Stephen Sweeney speak to the press after a bill that could legalize recreational use for adults passed committee. North Jersey Record

Gov. Phil Murphy, center, toured the Breakwater Treatment and Wellness center guided by James Froehlich, left, and Andrew Zaleski on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.

When New Jersey lawmakers authorized the state's first medical marijuana dispensaries in 2010, they assured a skeptical public that the new law "will not do anything but help sick people," in the words of its lead sponsor, Sen. Nicholas Scutari. The six dispensaries were required to operate as nonprofits to alleviate concerns that legal weed would become a cash grab.

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