U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER
“The failed War on Drugs has systematically targeted people of color and the poor, disproportionately impacting Black and Brown communities and hurting families in New Jersey and across our nation. Today is a historic day, and I applaud Governor Murphy, the legislature, and the many advocates for racial and social justice whose leadership is ensuring that New Jersey is at the forefront of equitable marijuana legalization policy. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to end the federal marijuana prohibition so we can finally begin healing the wounds of decades of injustice.”
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN NICHOLAS SCUTARI
“This will usher in a new era of social justice by doing away with the failed policy that criminalized the use of marijuana,” mentioned Senator Scutari (D-Union), the main advocate of legalizing adult-use marijuana in New Jersey over the previous decade. “Too many individuals have been arrested, incarcerated and left with legal data that disrupt and even destroy their lives. We don’t need the legal justice system to be an unfair barrier to success.
“By implementing a regulated system that allows people age 21 and over to purchase limited amounts of marijuana for personal use we will bring marijuana out of the underground market where it can be controlled, regulated and taxed, just as alcohol has been for decades,” mentioned Senator Scutari, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “New Jersey will now be a leader in legalizing a once stigmatized drug in ways that will help the communities hurt the most by the War on Drugs and realize the economic benefits of the new adult-use cannabis market.”
NEW JERSEY CANNABUSINESS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT EDMUND DEVEAUX
“It took us a long time to get here, but thankfully, finally we can move forward. We can stop the senseless arrests for possession and use of a product that should have never been criminalized in the first place, and the voters approved over three months ago. We can get down to the business of establishing a responsible, sustainable, profitable and diverse adult-use and expanded medical cannabis market in New Jersey. Let’s learn lessons from states like Oklahoma – which has issued over 2,000 licenses helping to generate $800 million in new revenue for the state – and make New Jersey a leader in this industry. Now the real work can begin.”
NEW JERSEY PBA
“On November, the residents of New Jersey ended the talk about Marijuana legalization by passing the referendum. We don’t oppose the legalization of marijuana as a corporation. Police will do their jobs because the legislation directs us. But a legislation that establishes an enforcement energy can not additionally make it unlawful for legislation enforcement to make use of that energy.
The legislation because it stands criminalizes any response or investigation by a police officer for unlawful use by juveniles by detaining somebody ‘for a longer period beyond the extent required’ to concern a ‘warning or write-up’. This statute provides a lot guess work and uncertainty that we’d advise our members all through the state to take no legislation enforcement motion concerning marijuana or alcohol use by any get together within the state.
This language is anti-police rhetoric at its worst and its penalties might be actual. Underage customers of marijuana might be free to smoke it wherever, together with in locations the invoice says is unlawful, as a result of merely stopping an individual to implement the legislation is now unlawful for police. Drug sellers will rapidly study to cover their medicine, weapons and proof of crimes on anybody underneath 18 years of age since merely lighting a joint because the officer approaches will put the officer in jeopardy of constructing an unlawful search and being charged criminally.
The invoice completely ties an officer’s fingers. An officer who sees or smells marijuana or alcohol can not even inquire concerning the age of the consumer to make sure they will legally possess it, or the officer faces the cost of deprivation of civil rights, a third diploma offense topic to 3-5 years in jail, a high-quality of $15,000 or BOTH!
The answer exists to resolve this, both make it fully authorized or present an officer the suitable to ask for ID if marijuana is current and the remainder of the legislation governing the issuance of warnings takes over. Otherwise, this can be a invoice deliberately designed to make legislation enforcement officers criminals in a single day in New Jersey.
To the great residents of the State of New Jersey: If you as a citizen wish to report the underage use of marijuana or alcohol, please don’t name 9-1-1. Call the Governor’s workplace or your native state legislator. We have actually been handcuffed.”