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‘Cleanup’ Bill Gets NJ Closer to Legalization and Decriminalization of Cannabis, with Some Changes to Consequences for Youth

January 7, 2021

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.

Category: Criminal Justice

New Use-of-Force Policy Emphasizes De-escalation and Transparency

December 21, 2020

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.

Category: Police Practices

New Jersey Legislature Passes Historic Bills to Implement Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalize Cannabis

December 17, 2020

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.

Category: Criminal Justice

Legalization Bill Approved in Senate Committee Makes Strides Toward Community Reinvestment, But Additional Equity Measures Still Sought

December 14, 2020

Bill to be considered in the Assembly tomorrow and heads next to full floor votes in Senate and Assembly, anticipated for Thursday.

Category: Criminal Justice

U.S. House Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition

December 4, 2020

Today’s vote, with bipartisan support, was the first time Congress considered ending federal marijuana prohibition

Category: Uncategorized

Different Versions of Legalization Bills Move Forward with Some Strengthened Racial and Social Equity Provisions

November 19, 2020

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

November 16, 2020

The Senate passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana, but Assembly action is needed to stop arrests.

Category: Uncategorized

Committee ‘Yes’ Vote on Decriminalization Important Step to Racial Justice, in Advance of Legalization

November 12, 2020

A Senate committee advanced marijuana decriminalization, an important step to curbing marijuana arrests immediately, before legalization goes into effect

Category: Uncategorized

Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana Must Advance Swiftly, and Legislation to Implement Marijuana Legalization in NJ Must Center Racial and Social Justice, ACLU-NJ Says

November 9, 2020

Advocates urged lawmakers to center racial and social justice in legalization and decriminalize marijuana immediately.

Category: Criminal Justice

Groundbreaking Public Health Credit Law Goes Into Effect, Releasing People Near End of Prison Sentences to Reduce COVID-19 Exposure for Thousands in NJ

November 4, 2020

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.

Categories: Criminal Justice, Prisons

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