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Legalize marijuana in Jersey? Your choice for governor will determine that

Voters in this year's New Jersey governor's race are not just picking Chris Christie's successor.

Their choice will dictate whether or not marijuana for recreational use will be legalized in New Jersey. 

Electing Democrat Phil Murphy means New Jersey would soon join eight other states in legalizing marijuana for people 21 and older and creating what is predicted to be a multibillion-dollar industry. He's promised to sign a legalization bill into law within the first 100 days of his term. Democrats who control the state Legislature appear willing. 


There is one problem with legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, and it's massive

There is no reliable way to test stoned drivers. The consequences could be disastrous.

Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana in 2012. Colorado now leads the country in past-month marijuana use among 12-17-year-olds with Washington in sixth place.

In August, a New Jersey grandmother was charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of her grandkids, ages 5 and 2. Police determined she was high on marijuana when she crashed her car with the children aboard.

The tragedy was horrifying. It might not be isolated.


Marijuana consumers spend more than $100 per month on legal pot

Officials who say recreational marijuana can help close budget holes may be on to something.

The average consumer of legal recreational marijuana spends $111.05 per month on marijuana products, according to a new LendEDU poll of 1,000 consumers.


New Jersey, Vermont, and Rhode Island state legislatures could pass marijuana laws in 2018

The push for recreational marijuana is running strong, while medical marijuana reform has become comparatively stagnant.

Although state legislatures all over the country have been apprehensive to pass measures pertaining to the legalization of marijuana, that could all change in 2018, according to a report from Marijuana Business Daily.


5 Ways Cory Booker's Marijuana Bill Could Change Everything

This week, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, sponsored the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. Without question, this is the most progressive piece of marijuana-related legislation ever filed in the United States Congress. 

It goes far beyond the popular Rohrabacher-Blumenauer legislation that protects medical marijuana users and producers from federal prosecution. It’s broader than the medical marijuana-based CARERS Act, which Booker is also a sponsor, in that it extends to include adult-use marijuana. It goes further than de-scheduling legislation filed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, when he dramatically shifted his position on marijuana during his failed presidential bid last year.

Let’s go through what this bill seeks to do and then analyze it a bit. 


New Jersey: Pot Removed from Controlled Substance List Under Proposed Legislation

legislation (PDF) Tuesday that would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances. The proposal, if adopted, would also financially punish states that fail to decriminalize marijuana if they have racial disparities in their arrest and incarceration rates connected to marijuana.


State gives OK to grow medical marijuana in Secaucus

The Meadowlands — already set to be the home of the state's largest shopping and entertainment complex — will also be the site of the state's largest dispensary of medical marijuana.

Once it opens for business, the dispensary plans to serve up to 4,000 patients a month with a variety of strains of cannabis.

The Christie administration this week issued a permit to grow medical marijuana to Harmony Foundation and will consider issuing a permit to dispense marijuana after the crop is tested later this year.  

The nonprofit foundation will operate the 10,000-square-foot facility on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus.


Here's where Jersey's next medical marijuana dispensary will open this year

Six years after the Christie administration selected a half-dozen nonprofits to produce cannabis for the state's medical marijuana program, the last one of the bunch on Thursday received a permit to begin growing its first crop, Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett announced Thursday.

Foundation Harmony will operate from a 10,000-square-foot indoor greenhouse and retail establishment in a commercial and industrial section of Secaucus by the end of 2017, according to Bennett and a dispensary spokeswoman.

Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett will have the final say on whether the list of medical conditions should be added to the medical marijuana program.


Ex-Insys Employee in U.S. Kickback Case Loses Fight to Smoke Pot

A U.S. judge has rejected a former Insys Therapeutics Inc employee's arguments that he had a constitutional right to use marijuana while under indictment for what federal prosecutors call a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors to prescribe an opioid drug.

Jeffrey Pearlman, a former Insys district sales manager, had sought to modify his bail conditions so that he could continue using marijuana prescribed by a New Jersey doctor to help kick an opioid addiction he developed after a spine injury.

Pearlman is one of several former employees and executives of Arizona-based Insys to face U.S. charges related to Subsys, an under-the-tongue spray intended for cancer patients containing fentanyl, an addictive and regulated synthetic opioid.


Marijuana industry gears up after NJ candidate backs legalization

Stacks of resumes from retired state troopers sit on a desk just outside the Terra Tech farm here, though the need for experienced armed security appears excessive amid the serene setting and the scent of basil and rosemary growing at the five-acre indoor farm.

The troopers, however, are hoping to work for the company’s next major agricultural expansion in New Jersey: marijuana.

“They told us, ‘Keep us in mind for when you guys do get that cannabis permit,’” said Mike James, the chief financial officer for Terra Tech, which owns five marijuana farms and dispensaries around the country.


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