Monday, February 22, 2021. New York City – Voters in New Jersey approved the legalization of marijuana on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Today the Governor signed three bills into law. New Jersey becomes the 13th state to pass and implement marijuana legalization. It could take more than a year for sales to begin.
Governor Phil Murphy today signed 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.
The Democratic Party and the Republican Party support the war on people of color (war on drugs). The Green Party of the United States of America supports ending the war on drugs.
The Green Party of the United States of America says on its website GP.org:
“End the “war on drugs.” Redirect funds presently budgeted for the “war on drugs” toward expanded research, education, counseling and treatment.Amend the Controlled Substances Act to reflect that drug use in itself is not a crime, and that persons living in the United States arrested for using drugs should not be incarcerated with those who have committed victim oriented crimes.
Legalize possession, sale, and cultivation of cannabis/marijuana.
Strike from the record prior felony convictions for marijuana possession, sale, or cultivation.
Grant amnesty and release from confinement without any further parole or probation, those who have been incarcerated for the use, sale, or cultivation of marijuana in federal and state prisons and in county/city jails, and who otherwise are without convictions for victim oriented crimes, or who do not require treatment for abuse of hard drugs. Provide the option for drug treatment to those leaving confinement.”
Former Green Party presidential candidate in 2020, Howie Hawkins said on Twitter, “So Dems kicked GOP out of power at the Capitol, passed law to largely ban Greens and LBTs who have long said #legalize, but still they can not “figure out” how to pass cannabis reform laws. Must be waiting for more campaign contributions.”
Now is the Time for New York to Build on its Neighbor’s Success & Swiftly Pass the Marijuana Reform & Taxation Act (MRTA).
Press release by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “In response to New Jersey becoming the 13th state to pass and implement marijuana legalization for adult use, following the legislature voting for—and Governor Murphy signing legislation into law—Melissa Moore, New York State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, released the following statement:
“Today, the New Jersey Legislature voted for—and Gov. Murphy signed—legislation to legalize marijuana for adult use, following a successful ballot question in November where voters overwhelmingly demonstrated their support for it. Now is the time to build on our neighbor’s success, and pass the Marijuana Reform and Taxation Act (MRTA) right here in New York. Our state is on the cusp of becoming a national leader in the fight for true marijuana justice through strong social equity and community reinvestment provisions in the bill currently pending in the Legislature. We urge swift passage of the MRTA to secure justice, jobs, and equity for millions of New Yorkers and restitution for New York communities most harmed by the war on drugs.”
Governor Murphy signs adult-use cannabis reform bills into law.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter he signed historic legislation to:
“Legalize adult-use cannabis.
Decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts.
Limit the use of previous marijuana convictions.
Create a regulated cannabis marketplace.”
“Our current marijuana prohibition laws have failed every test of social justice, which is why for years I’ve strongly supported the legalization of adult-use cannabis. Maintaining a status quo that allows tens of thousands, disproportionately people of color, to be arrested in New Jersey each year for low-level drug offenses is unjust and indefensible,” said Governor Murphy. “This November, New Jerseyans voted overwhelmingly in support of creating a well-regulated adult-use cannabis market. Although this process has taken longer than anticipated, I believe it is ending in the right place and will ultimately serve as a national model.
“This legislation will establish an industry that brings equity and economic opportunity to our communities, while establishing minimum standards for safe products and allowing law enforcement to focus their resources on real public safety matters,” continued Governor Murphy. “Today, we’re taking a monumental step forward to reduce racial disparities in our criminal justice system, while building a promising new industry and standing on the right side of history. I’d like to thank the Legislature, advocates, faith leaders, and community leaders for their dedicated work and partnership on this critical issue.”
“With Governor Murphy’s signature, the decades-long practice of racist marijuana enforcement will begin to recede, in a shift that emphasizes the urgency of building the most equitable framework possible for cannabis legalization. With this historic reform, New Jersey also shifts our approach to youth possession and use by moving away from the punitive status quo to a framework that values public health, harm reduction, and the well-being of young people. Our state’s cannabis laws can set a new standard for what justice can look like, with the removal of criminal penalties for possession and an unprecedented portion of tax revenue dedicated to addressing the harms wrought by the drug war. Signing these laws puts in motion the next phase of this effort: to work relentlessly to transform the principles of legalization into greater racial and social justice in New Jersey. This is a new beginning – and the culmination of years of advocacy – and we must keep in mind that it is only the start,” said Amol Sinha, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, which is a founding member of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform.
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