New Jersey

Wed
22
Aug

New Jersey could legalize recreational marijuana by end of September

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney told POLITICO in an extensive interview that he believes the state could legalize marijuana by the end of September.

“I’m confident we’ll get to 21 and 41 (votes),” Sweeney told POLITICO. The Senate needs 21 votes and the Assembly needs 41 votes to pass measures that would legalize recreational marijuana and expand the state’s medical cannabis program.

Fri
17
Aug

Federal court says employers can still drug test workers with legally prescribed marijuana

While medical marijuana may be legal in 30 states, that doesn't actually mean people living in areas with legally prescribed cannabis can partake as much as they want. And now a federal court has reinforced those standards, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Thu
16
Aug

Medical marijuana user's boss can drug test him, court says

A New Jersey business does not have to waive its requirement for mandatory drug testing for a worker who uses medical marijuana, a federal court has ruled.

Daniel Cotto Jr. of Bridgeton had sued Ardagh Glass citing the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination after the company wouldn't allow him to return to his job unless he submitted to breathalyzer and urine screenings.

Ardagh asked that Cotto's suit be dismissed, an action which was granted by Judge Robert B. Kugler sitting in U.S. District Court in Camden.

"New Jersey law does not require private employers to waive drug tests for users of medical marijuana," Kugler wrote.

Thu
16
Aug

NJ marijuana legalization: Here are the North Jersey towns that have said no

Anticipating that New Jersey soon will allow anyone 21 and older to buy and use marijuana, a number of North Jersey towns are responding with a message of their own: Count us out.

Gov. Phil Murphy championed legal marijuana as a candidate last year. As governor, he has expanded access to medical marijuana, but bills to allow non-medical use have stalled in the Legislature.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who also supports legalization, said last week that he expects a vote in September.

Tue
14
Aug

New Jersey senate president predicts vote on legal marijuana next month

Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey Senate President and co-sponsor of an ambitious bill to expand medical cannabis access and legalize marijuana for adult use, told reporters that he expects the state Senate to hold a vote on legalizing cannabis as early as September. But exactly what lawmakers will be voting on is still unclear. The current proposal, a combined medical and adult-use bill, still needs revision and debate in committee before it can come to a vote. Senate President Sweeney, however, says that despite the long odds and polarized opposition, lawmakers are “getting much closer” to voting on legal marijuana.

Fri
10
Aug

More towns getting ahead of NJ marijuana legalization. Clifton could be latest to ban pot sales

 

Clifton voted unanimously to prohibit the selling and growing of recreational marijuana within city limits.

If Wednesday's ordinance is adopted on second reading, Clifton would join an expanding cadre of communities that have voted to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana within their boundaries.

For the past several months, the city's council has examined how other municipalities approached the banning of legal pot sales.

During its Wednesday night work session, at the behest of Councilman Peter Eagler, his colleagues decided to model the new ordinance on the one adopted last December by Point Pleasant. 

Tue
07
Aug

The burning questions about marijuana legalization in New Jersey

New Jersey is on the cusp of legalizing recreational cannabis. But with no legislation ready, questions — and fears — are being raised .

Gov. Phil Murphy said marijuana would be legal in New Jersey within his first 100 days in office. Now, it’s Day 202 and there’s no bill legalizing it to be found. As lawmakers debate the features of that inevitable legislation — polls say a majority of voters support the move to legalize — New Jersey residents want solid details of what that would look like.

Wed
01
Aug

Prominent New Jersey democrats unite to decriminalize marijuana

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has pushed New Jersey one step further towards decriminalizing marijuana. While Attorney General Gurbir Grewal clearly didn’t approve of Fulop’s method at first, the AG showed leadership by embracing a good idea instead of quibbling about ownership. Thousands will benefit because of him.

Wed
25
Jul

New Jersey to delay marijuana prosecutions in step toward legalization

New Jersey will postpone marijuana prosecutions for 30 days while the state develops guidelines to potentially downgrade or dismiss some offenses, according to a memo from State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

The order, issued to 21 county prosecutors and their municipal counterparts, follows a thwarted effort by Jersey City, the state’s second-most populated municipality, to decriminalize recreational use of the drug. The statewide suspension will take effect even as New Jersey lawmakers have yet to present a legalization bill to Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat who campaigned on joining the growing national movement to end the prohibition on recreational marijuana use.

Mon
23
Jul

New Jersey senator is worried that 'sex toys and oils with marijuana' will flood the state after legalization

One marijuana opponent in New Jersey claims the real problem with legalization is that people might bring it into the bedroom.

"If in fact we legalize recreational marijuana, right across the street from my office they're going to put up stores," Senator Ron Rice (D) told NJTV News recently. "They want to call them dispensaries, but they're going to be stores that do retail selling cupcakes with marijuana, candies with marijuana, sex toys and oils with marijuana, lipsticks with marijuana, all those kinds of products that kids can get and people can get."

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