New Jersey

Tue
28
Nov

New Jersey towns prepare for recreational marijuana industry

Given Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s campaign pledge to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days, municipalities are preparing for cannabis businesses on Main Street as early as next summer.

“Head shops and the type of paraphernalia that goes with smoking recreational marijuana that we don’t want to have it near our schools, if possible. And possibly to have an area designated within the community so that we would be able to allow them to have their businesses at those locations,” said Lodi Borough Administrator Vincent Caruso.

Mon
27
Nov

How legal marijuana in NJ will disrupt PA's medical program

New Jersey is almost certain to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use within a year, and that’s sure to have major repercussions on Pennsylvania’s nascent medical cannabis industry.

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy ran on a platform calling for full legalization of all forms of marijuana for anyone over 21. Industry analysts say the Garden State cannabis market could be worth $1 billion a year and generate an annual $300 million for the state’s tax coffers.

“It could be massive,” said Chris Walsh, editor of Marijuana Business Daily, addressing the MJBizCon cannabis convention, which drew 18,000 people this month in Las Vegas.

Mon
27
Nov

New Jersey poised to legalize marijuana

New Jersey’s incoming Democratic governor has promised to legalize marijuana, but just how speedy Phil Murphy and the Democrat-led Legislature can be remains murky.

The effort’s top legislative backers say they have a proposal ready to go soon after Murphy succeeds GOP Gov. Chris Christie on Jan. 16, and Murphy has given no indication of backing off his promise.

But already key Democratic lawmakers are urging caution, and Republicans, trounced in the election, look unlikely to help Murphy deliver on full legalization.

Groups supporting legalization say they expected calls for caution and say it’s better to take a deliberative approach to engender as much buy-in from legislators and the public, as opposed to ramming legislation through quickly.

Wed
22
Nov

Will you trade legalized marijuana for higher car insurance?

Here’s a question. Would you be willing to accept higher car insurance rates in exchange for legalized marijuana in New Jersey? It’s going to happen according to experts.

The Insurance Information Institute looked at states where marijuana was legalized, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, and found the program resulted in a collision claims rate 3 percent higher than expected.

James Lynch, the institute’s chief actuary, to New Jersey 101.5, “If it were to happen in New Jersey the way that it’s happened in these states – and I can’t see any reason why it would be different – it could actually be a lot worse because we have more cars per square mile.” In other words, where crash rates go insurance rates are sure to follow. 

Wed
22
Nov

Legal weed in NJ: Are we ready?

Legalizing marijuana in New Jersey has overnight moved to the front burner with the election of Phil Murphy as the state’s 56th governor. The Democrat will have a long list of campaign promises vying for his attention when he takes office on January 16; legal weed in New Jersey may be the first promise to be fulfilled.

A bill by Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) has already been drafted. If approved and signed into law, the bill would make New Jersey the ninth state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Murphy has made his position quite clear: “I’m all in,” he proclaimed repeatedly on the campaign trail.

Mon
13
Nov

Will your state be the next to legalize marijuana? Here's 5 that are close

Next year could see a huge shift in favor of green, and we’re not talking about the environment.

Lawmakers have taken notice of the shift in public opinion on marijuana legalization, and many are no longer afraid that supporting legal weed is political suicide. There are now eight states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana, and four of those laws were enacted in the past year alone.

Mon
13
Nov

Could New Jersey be the next state to legalize marijuana?

When New Jersey chose a Democrat as its next governor, voters eager to cut ties with anything related to Bridgegate also cleared a path for the state legalizing marijuana.

Fri
10
Nov

Marijuana could be legal in New Jersey as soon as April

It’s looking like the Garden State is about to plant some new greenery. 

Following Democrat Phil Murphy’s victory in New Jersey’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday, marijuana legalization in the state could very quickly become a reality. The incoming governor, who won his race in a landslide, made cannabis legalization a key part of his campaign platform. 

Wed
08
Nov

New Jersey’s next governor promises marijuana legalization

New Jersey voters elected Phil Murphy to serve as the Garden State’s next governor on Tuesday.

Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, consistently argued in favor of legalizing marijuana throughout the course of the campaign.

Here’s a look at what he’s promised to do:

The Democrat included a call to end cannabis prohibition during his primary election victory speech in June.

“The criminalization of marijuana has only served to clog our courts and cloud people’s futures, so we will legalize marijuana,” he said. “And while there are financial benefits, this is overwhelmingly about doing what is right and just.”

He also pledged in the speech to end mass incarceration and “eliminate prisons for profit.”

Wed
08
Nov

Marijuana won Tuesday's election

Voters in two states chose new governors on Tuesday. Both of those elections -- as well as the results of a number of local races across the country -- will have huge implications for efforts to legalize marijuana.

Here's an overview of cannabis-specific ballot measures that voters approved, along with details on how the Democratic gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia will boost marijuana reform campaigns in those states.

New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy

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