Jo Anne Zito, a veteran of New Jersey’s cannabis crusade, testified on behalf of the legalization effort to the New Jersey senate. She is concerned that residents may be confused as to the legal status of cannabis, post-referendum and still pre-legalization, since a situation exists that simple misunderstandings can lead to a stint in jail and a criminal record. Zito has also championed “home grow” and advocated that state lawmakers need to allow residents to grow their own plants in their own homes for their own use.
Zito discussed Governors Chris Christie and Murphy, social justice, concerns, criminal record expungement, municipal level cannabis bans, and more, based on her personal experiences. The journey started with her arrest for possession and the impact that that has had on her family, her professional life, and personal life.