New Jersey

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."

Tue
17
Jul

In New Jersey, Legal marijuana is so close you can smell it. But it could be awhile.

Tucked inside a nondescript commercial warehouse here sits a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation. A custom filtration system feeds a proprietary cocktail of nutrients into a hydroponic, two-level farming system. Two pallets of crops are harvested every day, and the 15,000 square feet will eventually yield two tons of marijuana per year.

And it’s all legal. Opened just a few weeks ago, Harmony Dispensary is the latest site in New Jersey to provide marijuana for medical use, a program that has expanded greatly since Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat, was sworn in.

Mon
09
Jul

Cannabis cash left out of budget, but New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says it's coming

New Jersey did not legalize recreational marijuana as part of the state's newly enacted budget, but Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and a key lawmaker say it will get done soon.

Advocates of legalization say they're trying to overcome decades of stigma as well as a federal prohibition in an effort to make New Jersey the latest state to legalize cannabis. But they say they remain optimistic that bills will pass the Democrat-led Legislature this year. Opponents point to the legalization effort's slow going as a sign the effort could stall out.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

Fri
06
Jul

Legal weed in New Jersey? Not so fast.

New Jersey's rush toward legal marijuana has slowed to a crawl.

Gov. Phil Murphy's first 100 days in office came and went without a legal weed bill passing the Legislature. Then, on July 1, Murphy signed a state budget that does not anticipate non-medical marijuana sales in the next year, forcing the administration to strip out $60 million in revenue that it had anticipated from taxes on the drug.

Mon
25
Jun

NJ's busiest weed dispensary wants to build largest greenhouse on East Coast

New Jersey's busiest medical marijuana dispensary appears to be ready to get even busier.

Curaleaf, formerly known as Compassionate Sciences, opened a new retail location across the street from its existing location in Bellmawr last month and has entered the planning stage for a 100,000-square-foot, indoor growing facility on a remediated landfill here near an intersection of interstates 295 and 76, company and borough officials said. The new facility would be about the size of two football fields.

Mon
11
Jun

A bill to legalize recreational cannabis has been introduced in New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's push to legalize recreational cannabis legalization in the Garden State is beginning to take shape.

Mon
11
Jun

NJ marijuana legalization: How legal weed states get around federal ban on marijuana

It's the problem faced by every single marijuana dispensary in the nine states that already sell marijuana for recreational purposes.

The fact is, "legal weed" isn't entirely legal. And if New Jersey legalizes marijuana, it will come with unique challenges  — and solutions — for those looking to find success in cannabis.

The U.S. Department of Justice still considers marijuana a "Schedule 1" drug, a classification that indicates it has no medicinal value, despite 29 states having some kind of medical marijuana program.

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