New Jersey


A new plan for taxing legal weed could restart the N.J. legalization debate

The stalemate over marijuana taxes in New Jersey is well known by now.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney has said he won’t go a penny more than 12 percent on the excise tax on legal weed. The governor has balked at that and has previously said he favors a tax rate closer to 25 percent.

While taxes aren’t the only issue dividing the governor and legislative leaders, it’s been one of the biggest things keeping New Jersey lawmakers from voting on legal weed.

But a new cannabis tax proposal has been floated this month, and it could help catalyze the marijuana debate in Trenton.


N.J. employers search for straight answers on cannabis in the workplace

Business leaders have a lot of questions about how to handle employee issues that may crop up with the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program and the possibility of full legalization.

For instance, can employees use cannabis in the workplace if it’s prescribed by a doctor? Can employers still require drug tests and are they even useful anymore? What if employees are drug-impaired but have a doctor’s authorization to use cannabis?

“The advice that I’ve been giving employers is ‘just stay calm,’” said Laura Link, a cannabis attorney at Archer Law. She was speaking to businesspeople at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s panel event “The Cannabis Economy: Are You Ready?” in East Windsor Wednesday morning.


Opioid addiction now qualifies patients for medical marijuana in N.J.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced a broad attack on opioid addiction in New Jersey by adding it to the list of illnesses that qualify residents for medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid coverage for medication-assisted treatment, a scientifically proven method of preventing relapses.

Murphy’s announcement comes as the opioid crisis reaches new heights in the Garden State.


New York and New Jersey governors call for marijuana legalization

The Democratic governors of New York and New Jersey each set goals to legalize recreational marijuana as part of their 2019 agendas, declaring in separate State of the State speeches Tuesday that new laws should raise state revenue and redress past criminal and economic injustice.




Phil Murphy. Photographer: Allison Joyce/Bloomberg


Last votes needed to legalize marijuana in N.J. may come from these 3 GOP moderates

With Democrats who lead the state Senate still tantalizingly short of votes needed to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey, a triumvirate of moderate Republican senators has emerged to seize the moment. The move was first reported in NJ Cannabis Insider.


NJ towns buck marijuana legalization

As marijuana legalization inches forward in New Jersey, a coalition of mayors, law enforcement, and town councils are working to ensure that dispensaries never open up shop in their towns.

The municipalities banning marijuana are geographically and demographically diverse with the most concentrated areas of opposition in Bergen County and the Jersey Shore. So far, more than 45 towns have preemptively banned marijuana dispensaries, and the list continues to grow.


4 Under-the-radar marijuana stocks that benefit if New Jersey legalizes recreational pot

This has been nothing short of a transformational year for the marijuana industry. In October, Canada became the first industrialized country in the world to legalize recreational weed, opening the door to what should be billions of dollars in added annual sales once the industry has had the time to ramp up production.

We also witnessed plenty of milestones hit in the United States. The number of legalized-medical-cannabis states increased to 32, with Vermont and Michigan becoming the respective 9th and 10th states to legalize adult-use weed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also approved its very first cannabis-derived drug in June.


There are now 50 New Jersey towns who banned weed ahead of impending legalization

Late last month, New Jersey lawmakers in both the Assembly and Senate voted to advance a bill legalizing adult use cannabis and establishing a retail industry in the state. The vote to advance S2703 out of committee represents the first official legislative action on adult-use cannabis since pro-legalization Gov. Phil Murphy assumed office in January. But the lengthy and contentious public hearing that preceded the vote highlighted the breadth of opposition to the specifics of the bill, if not legalization in general.


New Jersey won’t vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in 2018

A vote before the year was out sounded possible, but it seems now that New Jersey state lawmakers will wait until 2019 to consider legalizing recreational marijuana.

A Thursday meeting between Gov. Phil Murphy, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin could have set up a vote by next week.

Instead, the three couldn’t reach a compromise on legislation, according to, and now one of the most contentious issues of Murphy’s tenure will be pushed to next year.


New Jersey: Islanders beg doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis

The States recently voted in favour of allowing all medical professionals – including GPs – the option of prescribing the drug. The vote requires Health Minister Richard Renouf to bring forward final proposals for approval before the end of February.

And while both Daniel Clark and Edward Bennett have welcomed the move, they say they need swift action to help end their years of pain.

Some GPs have said they were reluctant to prescribe medicinal cannabis, despite the States vote, as there had not been enough clinical testing.

Mr Clark, who has been paralysed from the chest down following a motorbike accident almost 15 years ago, wants to take part in a trial which he believes will show the medicinal benefits of the drug.


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