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New Jersey: Proposed state legislation removes limits on medical marijuana

Two Assembly members from Monmouth County have introduced a bill in the state Legislature which would, if passed in the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by the governor, remove limits on the amount of medical marijuana that may be dispensed at one time and expand access to edible forms, including oils.

The bill (A3421) is named after Jake Honig, 7, of Howell, who died earlier this year following a five-year battle with cancer. Jake’s parents, Mike and Janet, have said they used a form of medical marijuana to ease their son’s pain.

Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (both D-Monmouth) introduced Jake Honig’s Law. The legislation has been referred to the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.


Georgia lawmaker fights to allow epileptic students to use medical cannabis at school

Even in states with legal medical marijuana, federal law prohibits any form of cannabis usage on public school grounds.

One of the major battlegrounds over federal and state cannabis laws is the public school system, where students who are taking state-legal cannabis medications are being prevented from using their medicine.


New Jersey: New medical marijuana bill calls for more dispensaries, edibles

New Jersey's oft-criticized medical marijuana program has gotten plenty of attention in the past few weeks.

First, Gov. Phil Murphy, who called the program "constrained", ordered a 60-day review of the program in January, saying he wants to see key changes.

Now, a bill introduced Thursday into the state Assembly aims to address many of the issues supposedly holding back the state's medical marijuana program.

Reed Gusciora, Democratic assemblyman from Mercer County, introduced the bill, which likely would boost the number of New Jerseyans who could get medical marijuana.


N.J. medical marijuana: These big changes could be coming to state's program

As one of his first acts upon taking office, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered a review of New Jersey's medical marijuana program, calling it "constrained" and pledging to expand access to more patients.

When announcing the 60-day review, Murphy said the current program has established unnecessary hurdles for patients. Medical marijuana advocates agree.

"It was a program designed to keep people out of it," said Ken Wolski, CEO of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey. "It’s a program that’s not meeting the needs of the patients.”


Drive-thru weed? See what New Jersey might look like with legal weed

What would the Garden State be like with legal weed in its gardens?

It's no longer an abstract question. Two bills legalizing recreational marijuana are filtering through the Legislature, and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy campaigned on signing them into law.

But how would that work, exactly? Could adult New Jerseyans really go to a drive-thru and buy a joint as easily as a Big Mac?

Actually, yes.

New Jersey's lawmakers are patterning much of their legislation on Colorado's, where marijuana has been legal for adult recreational use since 2014. And it's a state where buying weed is now so easy, you literally don't even have to get out of your car to do so.


Nevada marijuana model will be studied by New Jersey group

A band of New Jersey lawmakers and marijuana executives will be in Las Vegas Thursday and Friday to pick the brains of their Nevada counterparts.

The visit is part of a “fact finding” trip for elected officials, including Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam, to learn how Nevada went about erecting a regulated marijuana market within seven months of voters approving legal sales.

Newly elected New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has vowed to bring recreational marijuana to the Garden State, and the visit offers lawmakers a chance to learn from Nevada officials and stakeholders about what worked, what didn’t and what unforeseen issues might arise along the way (looking at you, distribution).


A powerful Republican Senator hints that Congress may discuss nationwide marijuana legalization this year

Sen. Thom Tillis, a powerful Republican from North Carolina, suggested in a letter shared with Business Insider that the Senate Judiciary Committee is "likely" to discuss marijuana legalization this year.

The letter was addressed to Rod Kight, a North Carolina lawyer who works with companies in the cannabis industry. 


Will New Jersey Marijuana legalization include home grow?

The Garden State seems to be gearing up to legalize weed. But will New Jersey marijuana legalization include home grow?

Will New Jersey marijuana legalization include home grow? As of now, the new governor of the state seems to only be insistent that adults be able to consume cannabis—not grow it.

“Marijuana legalization” doesn’t guarantee fully legal marijuana. Other states allow adults to grow small amounts of cannabis at home. Will New Jersey marijuana legalization allow home grow?

It’s far from certain.

What legalization should do

New Jersey will almost certainly become the second state to legalize recreational marijuana without a ballot initiative.


New Jersey's new Governor is moving fast to expand access to Medical Marijuana

Cannabis businesses and entrepreneurs looking for some good news in the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memo can turn their eyes to a huge state that may soon legalize adult-use marijuana.

No, it’s not one of those states out West (they’ve already done it, anyway). It’s New Jersey.

The election of Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat sworn into office this month, has completely changed the potential for legal marijuana in New Jersey. In his first week in office, he already is making moves to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

In a Jan. 23 Tweet, Murphy wrote:


The 5 places set to legalize recreational Cannabis in 2018

This year, at least five jurisdictions will be either introducing or implementing legislation to legalise cannabis for recreational purposes.

So far, Uruguay is the only country – and the only jurisdiction outside of North America - to have fully regulated a legal market for recreational cannabis. However, sub-national jurisdictions – namely several US states - have regulated the trade, including California, Colorado, and Alaska. This is despite the drug continuing to be illegal under federal law.


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