Drug Legalization

Comparing the N.J. Legislature’s Competing Marijuana Legalization Bills

Confused about the two competing recreational marijuana legalization bills? And what they’d accomplish? We’ll provide more analysis as the debate rages (leading up to an inevitable Christie veto), but in the interim, our friend and past guest contributor Charlie Barr went through the trouble of breaking down the major points of each piece of legislation. […]

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Youth Marijuana Use Down Despite Greater Legalization

Marijuana use among America’s youth is experiencing a decline and young teens say the drug is growing increasingly difficult to find. Marijuana accessibility is at a record low for 8th and 10th graders and has stayed roughly stagnant among students in 12th grade. Just 34.6 percent of 8th graders said they could easily access marijuana […]

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NJ. court asked to reconsider tough pot sentences

TRENTON — When New Jersey legalized marijuana for medical use nearly seven years ago, it should have reconsidered tough prison sentences associated with pot-related crimes, according to attorneys who will appear before a state appeals court Tuesday. Under state and federal law, marijuana remains a “schedule 1” controlled dangerous substance – a classification which means […]

Marijuana Legalization Hits The East Coast

Voters in Maine and Massachusetts approved ballot measures legalizing marijuana across the board Tuesday, following victories in California and Nevada. A ballot for legalization in Arizona failed to pass, but Marijuana advocates are heartened by their broad ballot victories. “Marijuana legalization has arrived on the East Coast,” Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority, told […]

POLL: Should N.J. legalize recreational marijuana use?

While you’ve been focusing on the presidential election, the Bridgegate trial and, we hope, your actual real lives, Save Jerseyans, a bipartisan group of New Jersey legislators was Rocky Mountain high in Colorado investigating that state’s recreational marijuana industry. They were impressed and, according to N.J. Senate President Steve Sweeney, it’s likely to become the […]

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N.J. expands medical marijuana program to cover PTSD

TRENTON, N.J. — While he consistently opposes recreational marijuana use in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie signed A-457/S-2345 into law on Wednesday. Henceforth, New Jersey will permit the use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. “PTSD is a debilitating medical condition affecting the ability of the men and women who have served our […]

Christie signs 15 bills, vetoes 5 others

From the Governor’s office: Governor Chris Christie today signed legislation allowing any municipality to operate a Syringe Access Program (SAP), while directing the state Health Commissioner to invest $200,000 for syringes and supplies for the five existing pilot programs. The increased funding will provide more than a year’s worth of needed syringes and supplies to […]

Former NFL Star Plans To Sell His Own Pot When It’s Legalized

Former New York Giants defensive end Leonard Marshall has partnered with a New Jersey pharmacy chain to make marijuana-based medicine in hopes that legalization efforts will soon hit the Garden State. New Jersey-based Hometowne Rx hopes to attach the two-time Super Bowl champion’s name to its product, according to the New York Daily News Monday. […]

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