‘Cleanup’ Bill Gets NJ Closer to Legalization and Decriminalization of Cannabis, with Some Changes to Consequences for Youth
New Jersey Assembly and Senate committees advanced legislation addressing some technical issues and altering youth penalties passed in last month’s cannabis legalization and decriminalization bills.
AG’s policy requires officers resort to force as a last resort and document use-of-force to go into a state database, but robust AG enforcement must follow.
New Jersey Legislature Passes Historic Bills to Implement Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalize Cannabis
In a historic victory for racial justice and civil rights, the New Jersey Legislature passed groundbreaking legislation to end the prohibition of cannabis, which has disproportionately harmed Black and brown communities.
Legalization Bill Approved in Senate Committee Makes Strides Toward Community Reinvestment, But Additional Equity Measures Still Sought
Bill to be considered in the Assembly tomorrow and heads next to full floor votes in Senate and Assembly, anticipated for Thursday.
Different Versions of Legalization Bills Move Forward with Some Strengthened Racial and Social Equity Provisions
Advocates testified for hours that justice cannot be left behind, resulting in social justice amendments in different Assembly and Senate bills.
Senate Passage of Marijuana Decriminalization is a Crucial Step to Justice, Yet Assembly Action is Needed
The Senate passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana, but Assembly action is needed to stop arrests.
Committee ‘Yes’ Vote on Decriminalization Important Step to Racial Justice, in Advance of Legalization
A Senate committee advanced marijuana decriminalization, an important step to curbing marijuana arrests immediately, before legalization goes into effect
Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana Must Advance Swiftly, and Legislation to Implement Marijuana Legalization in NJ Must Center Racial and Social Justice, ACLU-NJ Says
Advocates urged lawmakers to center racial and social justice in legalization and decriminalize marijuana immediately.
Groundbreaking Public Health Credit Law Goes Into Effect, Releasing People Near End of Prison Sentences to Reduce COVID-19 Exposure for Thousands in NJ
First-in-the-nation pandemic credit law releases more than 2,200 people who have eight months or less on a sentence, a major step in criminal justice reform to chip away at mass incarceration.
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