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NJ’s new legalization law recognizes that there is “no difference in substance” between cannabis and marijuana. Both words refer to the same exact substance.
Cannabis is legal in NJ, but bad old “marijuana” is not. Are we seriously doing this again?
But according to the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission, “cannabis refers to the regulated form of the plant (what will be grown, bought, and sold in licensed stores), whereas marijuana refers to the unregulated form of the plant (what is grown, bought, and sold in the underground market).”
Much of the stigma regarding cannabis can be tied to its classification as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Cannabis is considered, along with heroin and LSD as substances that “have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.”
And yet, it’s a drug that depending on its form can be classified anywhere from Schedule II to V that may be the reason cannabis ultimately is rescheduled or de-scheduled and loses the stigma surrounding its use.
How is a cannabis business different than say a bakery when it comes to building an operation?
Beyond the obvious – cannabis, although legal on the medicinal level in New Jersey and for adult use in other states, is still a Schedule 1 drug federally – it’s also the basic elements of establishing a business. Such as getting a loan or insurance.
Part 2 of NJ Cannabis Media’s special report on stigma and the cannabis industry.
How important are words in fighting stigma surrounding an industry that is based on a plant?
Consider the changes made to New Jersey Bills S2703 and S10.