New Jersey

Fri
13
Nov

It soon could be legal to possess up to 6 ounces of weed in N.J. as bill advances

Lawmakers took another step toward decriminalizing the possession of marijuana Thursday, moving quickly after New Jersey voters last week came out in favor of legalization.

The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced the bill (S2535), which would legalize possession of up to six ounces of marijuana and make distribution of one ounce a civil penalty.

“I’m really proud that this bill is unique in of its kind," said Sen. Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, who sponsored the legislation. "New Jersey will be at the forefront of the decriminalization conversations.”

Wed
11
Nov

New Jersey Officials Moving Forward With New Marijuana Legislation

Less than a week after voters in New Jersey resoundingly passed a measure to legalize adult use marijuana, lawmakers in the state moved forward on plans to implement the new law.

A pair of related bills passed out of two separate legislative committees on Monday, the Senate Judiciary and Assembly Oversight committees, with the aim to implement Question 1, the legalization measure that was approved overwhelmingly last week at the ballot box. 

Tue
10
Nov

With legalization come hopes that cannabis could be a lucrative crop in New Jersey

It was no surprise to Michael Di Croce when New Jersey voters approved a referendum Tuesday allowing anyone 21 and older to smoke marijuana recreationally.

For two years, Di Croce, the mayor of Shamong Township, Burlington County, has been pitching his Pinelands community as a potential marijuana epicenter in anticipation of legalization. His goal was to use the resulting revenue to lower local property taxes and maybe even build a community center with an Olympic size pool.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Di Croce said of the vote. “Farmers … have been struggling for a long time.”

Mon
09
Nov

Will medical marijuana survive once everyone can buy cannabis?

On Election Day, voters in New Jersey spoke loudly: legalize the sale of cannabis in our state. But as we move toward legalized recreational cannabis, we must not risk the health of medicinal cannabis patients.

Fri
06
Nov

Legal weed: NJ marijuana farm gets ready for first harvest

Inside a greenhouse on a 16-acre farm near the Rockaway River in Boonton Township, thousands of tall, sticky pungent plants are getting ready to yield nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana —  for medical and soon recreational users. 

Cultivation technicians wear hairnets and gloves as they work on thousands of marijuana plants. They remove leaves at the bottom of young crops to allow for airflow as the plants mature. It's harvest season for the North American cannabis producer TerrAscend and they're getting ready for what they predict will be a "fast-growing recreational market."

On Tuesday, New Jersey became the 12th state to legalize recreational marijuana with support from 67% of voters. The measure allows for possession, sale and use of marijuana by adults 21 and older.

Thu
05
Nov

Clean Sweep For Cannabis In 2020 Elections

The nation may not know who is president on election day, but the people have spoken when it comes to cannabis legislation. Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota have all legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older, as voters in each state approved their respective ballot initiatives at the ballot box. The Garden State has gone green as the closely watched state of New Jersey approved adult-use cannabis.

Wed
04
Nov

New Jersey approves recreational cannabis, elects Joe Biden, Cory Booker

New Jersey voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana on Tuesday, and Democrats Joe Biden and Cory Booker won at the top of the ticket in New Jersey's first mostly mail-in election.

New Jersey now joins the District of Columbia and 11 states legalizing recreational cannabis. Though, people could legally buy and use cannabis under the constitutional amendment voters approved by a wide margin, it's unclear how quickly the new market will be set up.

But the Democrat-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy supported legalization and are expected to move quickly to pass legislation establishing the marketplace.

Tue
03
Nov

What A Contested Election Could Mean For Weed’s Path To Legalization In 5 States

If you are a cannabis voter, this is a critically important election for the industry.

Voters are considering a number of cannabis ballot initiatives nationally on their presidential election ballots. Voters in New Jersey, Arizona and Montana — where there are existing medical cannabis markets — will consider legalizing adult use.

Mississippi may potentially become a new market for medical cannabis, and there are two ballot initiatives in South Dakota that seek to legalize both medical and adult use.

In the event of a contested election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, Benzinga wondered whether that would hurt or delay the legalization initiatives in these states.

Tue
03
Nov

If They Vote To Legalize, New Jersey Residents Might Be Able To Buy Weed Right Away

The Garden State may soon live up to its name if voters approve a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. And the best part—they might not have to wait that long. 

While some insiders and industry experts have said that the Jersey market would not be ready until sometime in 2021, an elected official recently moved up the timeline.

Mon
02
Nov

Election could encourage US marijuana market, sway Congress

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide.

The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana will shape policies in those states while the battle for control of Congress and the White House could determine whether marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

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