Clearing NJ Marijuana Convictions Stalls Again

Those hoping to have their marijuana convictions cleared will have to keep waiting.

The state Senate did not vote on Gov. Phil Murphy’s changes to its expungement legislation on Thursday but instead introduced a new bill of its own.

Senators Sandra Cunningham, D-Hudson, and Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, along with Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced Thursday afternoon they had introduced new legislation to expand expungement. It proposes reforms to expungement eligibility and procedures for clearing marijuana and other qualified offenses. Continue reading “Clearing NJ Marijuana Convictions Stalls Again”

Phil Murphy Sets May Deadline for New Jersey Legal Marijuana Vote, What’s Next?

When Gov. Phil Murphy came into office, he vowed to legalize marijuana within 100 days.

Now? It’s looking like weed may not be legalized until 500 days into Murphy’s tenure — at the earliest.

The push for New Jersey marijuana legalization hit a roadblock last month when scheduled votes on the bill to legalize weed were postponed. While the bill had enough votes to pass in the Assembly, the support wasn’t there in the Senate. Continue reading “Phil Murphy Sets May Deadline for New Jersey Legal Marijuana Vote, What’s Next?”

Marijuana Industry Has New Jersey Politicians Seeing Green

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) likes to tell the story of the dinner party he attended years ago, when he had just arrived in Trenton.

“I said to the table, ‘I’m going to legalize marijuana in the state of New Jersey someday, and they laughed at me and laughed,’” said Scutari, who is also the city prosecutor in Linden and chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee. Continue reading “Marijuana Industry Has New Jersey Politicians Seeing Green”

Phil Murphy Tells New Health Commissioner To Fix New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program

Three of Gov. Phil Murphy‘s cabinet nominees easily won approval from a state Senate committee Thursday, including the new health commissioner who pledged to improve the state’s notoriously restrictive medicinal marijuana program.

Praising their “amazing” resumes, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Shereef Elnahal as Health Department commissioner and Carole Johnson as Human Services commissioner. Continue reading “Phil Murphy Tells New Health Commissioner To Fix New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program”

Will New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Include Home Grow?

Will New Jersey marijuana legalization include home grow? As of now, the new governor of the state seems to only be insistent that adults be able to consume cannabis—not grow it.

“Marijuana legalization” doesn’t guarantee fully legal marijuana. Other states allow adults to grow small amounts of cannabis at home. Will New Jersey marijuana legalization allow home grow? Continue reading “Will New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Include Home Grow?”

Pennsylvania’s MMJ Program Expects Shakeup With Recreational Marijuana In New Jersey

New Jersey is almost certain to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use within a year, and that’s sure to have major repercussions on Pennsylvania’s nascent medical cannabis industry.

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy ran on a platform calling for full legalization of all forms of marijuana for anyone over 21. Industry analysts say the Garden State cannabis market could be worth $1 billion a year and generate an annual $300 million for the state’s tax coffers. Continue reading “Pennsylvania’s MMJ Program Expects Shakeup With Recreational Marijuana In New Jersey”

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Expansion On Its Way?

New Jersey could see the expansion of its medical marijuana program sometime in early 2018.

The state’s Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel recently recommended that patients suffering from more than 40 conditions should have access to medical marijuana with permission from a doctor. Continue reading “New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Expansion On Its Way?”