New Jersey Gov. Open to ‘Sweeping Pardons’ for Cannabis Crimes

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is open to reducing or eliminating sentences for low-level cannabis crimes, telling NorthJersey.com that his main motivation behind legalizing cannabis is not to raise revenues but to correct the social justice problem. Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama, said he would be open to, and […]

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New Jersey Gov. Announces Changes for ‘More Patient-Friendly’ MMJ Program

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced reforms to the state’s medical cannabis program in an effort to change “the restrictive culture” of the regime and “make it more patient-friendly.” The reforms will add new qualifying conditions, reduce patient and caregiver fees, and increase the amount of product that patients can obtain from dispensaries. Five […]

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Survey Finds Scant Support for Cannabis Legalization Among New Jersey Lawmakers

A survey by NJ Cannabis Insider of the state’s 40-member Senate found just five members who indicated they would vote for a bill to legalize cannabis use for adults. NJ Cannabis Insider is a new publication by NJ Advance Media. The survey, conducted over three weeks via telephone, in-person, and by email, found 20 members […]

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Cannabis Home-Grow Bill Introduced in New Jersey

New Jersey Deputy Majority Leader and Lawrence Township municipal prosecutor Reed Gusciora has introduced a bill to allow adults to cultivate up to six cannabis plants if adult-use legislation is approved in the state, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports. The measure, which would be “melded” with the recreational use legislation introduced by Sen. Nicolas Scutari, would […]

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New Jersey Gov. Executive Order Requires 60-Day Review of MMJ Program

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order requiring the Department of Health and Board of Medical Examiners to complete a review of the state’s medical marijuana program and submit any recommended changes for the program within 60 days. The goal of the review is to eliminate access barriers for patients who are […]

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Cannabis Legalization Bill Introduced in New Jersey

New Jersey state Sen. Nicholas Scutari has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state. The measure would allow adults 21-and-older to purchase cannabis products in a taxed-and-regulated market. The move comes on the first day of the state’s legislative session, which will mark the first term of incoming Democratic Gov. Phil […]

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Advocates Weigh in on Role Cannabis Policy Played in New Jersey & Virginia Governor Races

The Midterm elections saw two pro-cannabis politicians elevated to the governor’s seats as New Jersey chose Democrat Phil Murphy over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, and Virginia voters tabbed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat physician, over Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia. While both governors-elect support cannabis law reforms, on the campaign trail, Murphy indicated he […]

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New Jersey & Virginia Governor-Elects Support Cannabis Law Reforms

Following yesterday’s elections, the governor’s seats in two states will soon be occupied by Democrats supportive of cannabis law reforms; as Phil Murphy defeated in Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in New Jersey, and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia. Murphy had made recreational cannabis legalization one of the planks in […]

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New Jersey Court Ruling Forces State to Reconsider Cannabis Schedule Classification

A decision by the New Jersey Superior Court of Appeals will force the state administration to reconsider cannabis’ Schedule I designation under state statutes. The case was brought by a convicted cannabis trafficker who sought to have the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule IV, arguing that […]

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Poll: New Jersey Adults Support Cannabis Legalization

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 59 percent of New Jersians support allowing adults to legally possess “small amounts” of cannabis, with 38 percent opposed including 53 percent of Republicans. Seventy percent of Democrats favored legalization, along with 60 percent of independents, 62 percent of men and 56 percent of women. The poll also found […]

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New Jersey CannaBusiness Association Partnering with Athletes for CARE for Advocacy Event

Three former professional athletes and a former Drug Enforcement Agency special agent are set to speak at the upcoming New Jersey CannaBusiness Association “Presents” event. The trade association has partnered with Athletes for CARE for the latest installment, set for Sept. 27 at Galloping Hill Golf Club in Kenilworth. Scott Rudder, a former New Jersey legislator […]

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New Jersey Municipal Prosecutor Calls for Adult-Use Legalization

During a New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee on a bill to legalize recreational cannabis use in the state, Jon-Henry Barr, a municipal prosecutor in Clark, urged lawmakers to pass the legislation, saying he has “seen too many lives ruined or damaged” due to prohibition. “Legalize and regulate it like we do with tobacco and alcohol,” […]

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Newark, Ohio City Council Mulling MMJ Moratorium

A medical cannabis moratorium is likely on the horizon in Ohio as Newark City Council’s economic development committee voted 3-2 to move a proposed 180-day ban to the full council, the Newark Advocate reports. The move comes after the council tabled a law that would have enacted an outright ban on medical cannabis businesses within the […]

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Adult-Use Legislation Set to be Introduced in New Jersey

New Jersey state Sen. Nicholas Scutari is expected to unveil a bill to tax-and-regulate cannabis sales in the state ahead of November’s gubernatorial vote that will mark the end of Republican Chris Christie’s term, NJ.com reports. Democrat Phil Murphy, the front-runner to replace Christie, is in favor of legalization. “The national trend is toward legalization,” […]

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Pro-Rec Cannabis Trade Association Forms in New Jersey

A newly formed cannabis trade association is looking toward the end of Gov. Chris Christie’s term with plans on pushing for the legalization of recreational cannabis in the Garden State, according to an NJ.com report. The New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association is bringing together members of the agriculture, technology, chemistry, and security sectors in order […]

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NJ Gov. Calls Cannabis Legalization ‘Beyond Stupidity’

During a forum on substance abuse hosted by the New Jersey Hospital Association, Gov. Chris Christie called the push for cannabis legalization “beyond stupidity,” adding that it’s “not time for use to be cool and say, ‘Pot’s OK,’” NJ.com reports. “We are in the midst of the public health crisis on opiates,” Christie said during […]

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Looking Past Christie, Former NJ Lawmaker Launches Cannabis Industry Association

Despite the limited scope of the state’s medical cannabis law, and the strong opposition by its governor, the president of the newly-formed New Jersey Cannabusiness Association is optimistic about the industry’s future in the Garden State, but any major overhauls will most certainly wait until 2018. “No one expects Gov. [Chris] Christie to sign an […]

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New Jersey Lawmakers Witness Colorado’s ‘Sophisticated’ Cannabis Industry

A group of New Jersey lawmakers toured several Denver cannabis companies over three days to see what legalization looks like for themselves, according to a report from Philly.com. Assemblyman Jim Kennedy said the operation had an unexpected “level of sophistication.” “There’s been a lot of talk about legalization in New Jersey and I want to […]

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NJ Republican Introduces Bill to Legalize Cannabis ‘Like Tobacco’

New Jersey Assemblyman Michael Carroll has introduced legislation that would legalize cannabis — regulating it like cigarettes — and provide for expungement for certain past marijuana convictions, while keeping the state’s medical marijuana program intact. Under the measure, cannabis would be available for adults aged 19-and-older and would be permitted to be sold at convenience […]

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Petition for Gov. Christie to Sign MMJ Program Expansion Gains Significant Traction

A petition calling on New Jersey Gov. Christ Christie to sign legislation adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions has garnered nearly 18,000 signatures. The petition, started by The Joint Blog, comes a month after the state legislature approved a bill adding the condition, sending it to the governor for […]

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New Jersey Approves Cannabis for PTSD, Awaits Christie’s Signature

Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder could be granted access to medical marijuana in New Jersey if Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs legislation approved by state lawmakers yesterday, according to an Associated Press report. The bill is meant to help military veterans diagnosed with the condition, but the Republican governor is a staunch opponent of […]

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New Jersey MMJ: Menstrual Cramps May Soon Qualify

Menstrual cramps may soon be added to New Jersey’s list of qualifying conditions for access to medical cannabis. Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D) proposed legislation this Friday to add conditions specific to women to the state’s medical marijuana program. “We will expand the the list to serve the population that needs it,” explained Eustace. According to Debra Borchardt […]

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New Jersey Panel Considers Expanding List of MMJ Qualifying Conditions

The health commissioner of New Jersey has put in place a panel that will decide whether various ailments should be included in the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in the state, Philly.com reports. Patients and advocates have been working for nearly four years to get more ailments added to the list of conditions, […]

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New Jersey Medical Cannabis Prices Are Nation’s Highest, Report Shows

Patients enrolled in New Jersey’s medical cannabis program are paying about 37 percent more per ounce than their counterparts in states with similar programs, according to a state Health Department report. The five dispensaries in the state charge an average of $489 per ounce, while the average price at dispensaries in Arizona, New Mexico, Vermont, […]

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