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Marijuana legalization activists across the country are holding their breath with every stop and start in the push to legalize weed in the Garden State.
And it's not just because of their hopes that New Jersey becomes a billion-dollar linchpin in the tristate area.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Modernization Act, including among its provisions expungement of past marijuana offenses to right what proponents call past social injustices, didn’t have the needed 21 votes for passage in the state Senate and was pulled from the scheduled board list of bills for the upper chamber’s Monday voting session. The Assembly followed suit and canceled its scheduled vote on the measure as well.
New Jersey towns that proactively passed local bans on selling marijuana will have to do so again if the bill up for a vote Monday becomes law.
The 175-page bill, dubbed the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act” would allow possession of small amounts of cannabis by adults over 21 and clear the records of those with marijuana-related convictions. It also would lay the framework for regulating and taxing a new billion-dollar industry.
Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, made legalization a major campaign promise and has supported the measure.
While the recent expansion of cannabis laws will certainly affect society as a whole, the effect that this societal change will have on the workplace presents unique challenges for employers. New Jersey, like the majority of states, has loosened its laws to permit the use of medical cannabis. In addition, many have speculated that the passage of Senate Bill 2703, currently known as the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act (“SB 2703”), is imminent, which will legalize adult-use cannabis.
The new draft of the 163-page "New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act" spells out all the details of a possible new marijuana industry: everything from the types of ingredients that must be listed on the packaging of cannabis products sold in the Garden State, to the salaries of the five commissioners who would be charged with overseeing the industry if the bill gets the General Assembly's approval. (Up to $141,000 for the chair, and up to $125,000 for each of the other four commissioners.)
Should New Jersey legislators pass a recreational marijuana bill under Gov. Phil Murphy's legalization plan, new businesses in the cannabis industry will not be able to open shop in Brick.
Shortly after the governor and legislators announced a deal to legalize recreational marijuana use, the Brick Township Council voted unanimously to prohibit sales, manufacturing, cultivation and testing of recreational cannabis throughout the municipality.
Social justice is the primary reason Governor Phil Murphy and a host of politicians have pushed for legalization of cannabis in New Jersey.
Among the many effects of the War on Drugs – especially marijuana – has been the negative impact on communities of color from arrest rates to incarceration and now to the great difficulty in entering legal markets from the ownership side.
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.
If all goes according to plan, legal recreational will soon be growing in the Garden State.
Despite approval of three cannabis bills, including adult use legalization, following a four hour hearing held before the joint session of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly Budget and Appropriation Committees on November 26, 2018, it appears unlikely that marijuana legislation will be voted upon in 2018. December 17, 2018 is the latest voting day of the legislative year and work still remains on gaining consensus on key issues in the bills including the tax rate, expungements and whether the proposed Cannabis Regulatory Commission would be a full-time commission.