NJ Senator’s Rice and Singer Introduce Bill to “Decriminalize” Marijuana Possession

Members of the NJ legislature who have been opposed to marijuana legalization introduced proposed legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill is proffered as a compromise piece of legislation intended to accomplish some of Governor Murphy’s objectives but avoids legalizing marijuana. Under the bill, a person caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana would […]

Will Legalization of Marijuana Result in an Increase in the Number of DWIs and Car Accidents?

At the forefront of any argument against legalization of marijuana are concerns that legalization will lead to an increase in DWI’s and traffic accidents. New Jersey’s recent push to legalize recreational use of Marijuana has recently garnered similar arguments from New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacio. Several studies set out to determine whether these concerns were warranted. One such study […]

New Jersey Marijuana Businesses Could Face Increased Potential for Interstate Trafficking Prosecution in Light of the DOJ’s New Policy

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a 2013 federal policy concerning enforcement of Marijuana laws.  That 2013 policy — the so-called Cole Memo — instructed U.S. Attorneys to prosecute marijuana offenses based on discretion and available resources and to focus its enforcement efforts on priorities that are particularly important to the federal government, such as keeping marijuana out […]

Should New Jersey Be Concerned it will be Sued if it Legalizes Marijuana?

Sale of marijuana for recreational use may soon be legal in New Jersey.  Governor Phil Murphy has signaled his support for sensible regulation of marijuana consistent with what many view to be the successful approach implemented in Colorado and Washington.  Should legalization occur in New Jersey, it is conceivable that residents of neighboring states, such as New York, Pennsylvania, and […]

Will Sessions Throw a Wrench for Legal Cannabis in NJ?

While many states have moved to legalize medical marijuana and several others have legalized even recreational marijuana, it remains illegal at the federal level. This was never much of a problem before, because the Obama Justice Department had issued a memorandum that essentially halted the prosecution of federal marijuana prosecutions in most instances. This week, however, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has […]

When will Legal Cannabis Be Legal in NJ?

Now that Phil Murphy has been elected and declared marijuana legalization to be one of his top priorities for his first 100 days, NJ Advance Media lays out what it sees as the timeline for the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/11/could_recreational_marijuana_be_legal_in_365_days.html

Medical Marijuana Now Available for PTSD

This week, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that expands access to medical marijuana. Specifically, those diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may now obtain a prescription for medical marijuana. When signing the bill, Governor Christie noted that up to 20% of veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from PTSD and that medical marijuana should be available […]