Cannabis legalization rules

By Dalton Rosario

“History is rarely made at the first attempt... But eventually barriers do fall to those who are committed to breaking them down. Certainly I am disappointed, but we are not defeated.” 

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

Long Story Short. Legislative efforts to expand NJ’s medical cannabis program and expungements program fell through Monday, March 25th as the Legislature was not able to secure enough support, despite increasing momentum for legalizing adult cannabis consumption. 

 

Gimme the Juice! The Democratic majority largely supported the emerging cannabis legislation; however, Democratic leaders representing predominately urban areas believed the bill did not do enough to aid lower socio-economic neighborhoods. They argued the bill favored the profitability of the industry at large, rather than contributing to the betterment of communities of color targeted most directly by law enforcement. 

 

So What’s the Bottom Line? State lawmakers are optimistic about adult cannabis consumption passing in New Jersey, but the question on everybody’s mind is how soon. Ideally, the vote would have been secured before NJ’s July 1st new state budget deadline. But with the failed vote this past Monday, speculation has already hinted that such a heavily debated topic would be untouchable by Assembly members during re-election campaigns in the late summer and early Fall. The next vote for the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act can come as soon as November.     

 

Click Here to Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/nyregion/marijuana-legalization-new-jersey.html

Hand holding paper with a print of Cannabis leaf

By Dalton Rosario

“This legislation will establish an industry that brings fairness and economic opportunity to all of our communities, while promoting public safety by ensuring a safe product and allowing law enforcement to focus their resources on serious crimes,”

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

 

Long Story Short. New Jersey is on path to sanction indoor & outdoor cannabis lounges, cannabis delivery services and cannabis dispensaries.

 

Gimme the Juice! NJ's Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee residential cannabis deliveries, exempt NJ’s 42,500 medical cannabis patients from the 3% recreational sales tax, and casinos/hotels could use 20% of their facilities for consumption lounges.   

 

So What’s the Bottom Line? As early as march 25, 2019 NJ lawmakers will vote on this pro-cannabis legislation that, if passed, will implement a state-wide multimillion dollar industry before year’s end. 

 

Click Here to Read More: https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/weed-delivery-and-pot-lounges-could-be-a-reality-as-nj-cannabis-legalization-bill-heads-for-a-vote