Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey: What’s New?
Despite the fact that marijuana has been cultivated in the United States for a long time, and there are even its own varieties bred there, such as Khalifa Kush which was created specifically for rap artist Wiz Khalifa, OG Kush etc. In 2019, cannabis is fully legal in some states, only legal for medical purposes in other states, and still fully illegal in certain states. In states where marijuana has been legalized, you can pick up marijuana seeds and even plants at local retailers and use cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes. In New Jersey, residents can use marijuana only as a medical treatment. It is allowed to legally purchase and possess up to two ounces of dried marijuana buds per month, which must be purchased from a state-licensed dispensary. Residents have the right to order marijuana seeds as souvenirs from any American, Canadian or Dutch seed bank but don’t have the right to grow cannabis seeds themselves. Marijuana lovers in New Jersey can only buy and collect cannabis seeds as a method of preserving the strains because germination and cultivation of marijuana seeds are still illegal in the state and if caught, will result in a jail term.
Nowadays, marijuana legalization in New Jersey is keeping moving towards expansion. Recently, the New Jersey Senate was going to take a vote on the annulment bill for cannabis offenders. The draft was not clarified because there was an insufficient number of the Democrats on the voting day, Senate President Stephen Sweeney stated. However, some senators along with Senate President presented new legislation, as determined by an NJ Advance Media article. They pointed out that the new legislation would expand the eligibility of those who were accused of weed-related violations to request for expungement.
For now, pot laws in New Jersey state that cannabis is only legalized as a medical treatment. Nevertheless, in the past, the Senate already tried to make recreational or adult consumption of cannabis legal. For example, in January 2010, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was signed by Governor Jon Corzine in order to make cannabis accessible for people with lifelong health problems. Another Medical Cannabis act was signed in July this year to alleviate the process of obtaining weed for therapeutic use for patients.
As for recreational cannabis use, there was a chance to make it legal in May 2017 when Senator Nicholas Scutari first introduced it. Nevertheless, the former Governor Chris Christie, who was in charge then, objected to the legalization. Even in January in the following year, when Phil Murphy took up a post of the New Jersey Governor, the Senate didn’t manage to legalize recreational marijuana despite the fact that Murphy supported the adult-use of cannabis.
Nonetheless, New Jersey seems to be ready to legalize recreational marijuana. At the beginning of 2019, Cannabis Business Executive reported that 62% of the adult population in the state is in favor of a law that would allow people to use marijuana for recreational purposes, according to a Monmouth University poll. Also, 74% of those questioned said that there has to be an expungement of the charges on convicts who were accused of a small amount of marijuana possession.