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BREAKING: Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy today signed historic adult-use cannabis reform bills into law, legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older (A21 – “The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act”) and decriminalizing marijuana and hashish possession (A1897). The Governor also signed S3454, clarifying marijuana and cannabis use and possession penalties for individuals younger than 21 years old.

Under A21, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) will promulgate regulations to govern the medical and adult-use industries and oversee the applications for licensing of cannabis businesses. The legislation further provides for the Legislature to reinvest cannabis revenues in designated “impact zones”; directs the CRC to promote diversity and inclusion in business ownership; and contains critical employment protections for people who engage in lawful behavior with respect to cannabis.

A1897 reforms criminal and civil penalties for marijuana and hashish offenses, as well as provides remedies for people currently facing certain marijuana charges. The bill prevents unlawful low-level distribution and possession offenses from being used in pretrial release, probation, and parole decisions and provides certain protections against discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation. The bill also creates a pathway to vacate active sentences for certain offenses committed before enactment of the enabling legislation.

The Governor today also signed S3454 into law, clarifying penalties for marijuana and cannabis possession and consumption for individuals younger than 21 years old. The legislation corrects inconsistencies in A21 and A1897 concerning marijuana and cannabis penalties for those underage.

In July 2019, Governor Murphy signed legislation (“The Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act”) to reform New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) and expand patient access to medical marijuana, ensuring this life-changing medical treatment is affordable and accessible for those who need it most.

In December 2019, Governor Murphy signed one of the most progressive expungement reforms in the nation, giving individuals entangled in the criminal justice system the opportunity to fully participate in society. S4154 eliminated fees for expungement applications and additionally created a petition process for “clean slate” expungement for residents, as well as required the State to implement an automated clean slate expungement system. Furthermore, the bill required that low-level marijuana convictions be sealed upon the disposition of a case, preventing those convictions from being used against individuals in the future.

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There are 9 Comments to "BREAKING: Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In New Jersey"

  • Erev Purim says:

    Canyou be mekayim “oad d’lo yada” with this?

  • Physicians Tell Me says:

    Absolutely consult with your medical professionals of all practices before even thinking about “recreational” use. There may be interactions, problems or not. It’s wise not to act on your own. Remember, this open-door policy is driven more by politics than medicine. And good luck keeping it away from those under 21.

  • Thank You Phil says:

    How’s your bud Cuomo doing? I hear he’s not doing so good with the nursing home stuff. Did you know you came in second in that fiasco with total number of nursing home fatalities? Too bad you guys won’t be able to catch up on things as cell mates because you’ll be locked up in two different states.

  • Ploni Almoni says:

    Oy Lanu Ki Chatanu. Ma Laasos Bibaneinu Ubivnoisanu. Yesh Kan Od Reshes Tachteihem Lipol Bo.

  • air, water, bread and vaccines says:

    why can’t the governor focus on vaccines to help the healthy grow and prosper?

  • Anon says:

    This is great. Whenever people yell at me for smoking cigarettes, I’ll just tell them that it’s marijuana, and they’ll leave me alone.

  • Moshe says:

    Abuse of sugar(corn syrup) and alcohol also dangerous for health but still use without any restrictions and endorsed widely by food industry.

  • perplexed says:

    i heard you can buy it in the Dorm near the steps, just put your money in the box there

  • old time Branovicher says:

    they actually moved it to the side of the machines, but the pushka to put in the money is in the same place