Tumult in New Jersey Cannabis as Hearings Scheduled for Governor Murphy’s Clean-up Bill

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Hearings have been scheduled for tomorrow in the Senate Judiciary and Assembly Appropriations Committee for Governor Murphy’s New Jersey cannabis “clean-up” bill Snafu.

(In World War II, Snafu stood for Situational Normal, All Fucked Up.)

New Jersey Cannabis Clean-Up Bill Time

The clean-up bill was apparently necessary after he refused to sign the enabling and decriminalization bills passed by the legislature on December 17th.

Numbered S. 3320, it updates and clarifies recent New Jersey cannabis legislation passed by both Houses of the Legislature. The bill addresses cannabis legalization and marijuana and hashish decriminalization. It has been sponsored by cannabis leaders Senators Nick Scutari (D-Union) and Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex.)

The Assembly bill is numbered A. 5211 and has been sponsored by Assembly members Annette Quijano (D-Union) and Benji Wimberly (D-Passaic).

Governor Murphy’s Correction

For a mere New Jersey cannabis “clean-up” bill, Governor Murphy’s bill is 49 pages. It does contain a section that says expungements and charges all need to be addressed and dropped by the first day after the fifth month after the bill is passed. So that would likely be April 1st.

Nonetheless, people are still assuming that the bare referendum that passed and was supposed to go into effect on January 1st, 2021, has indeed become state law.

Cautious New Jersey cannabis enthusiasts will be on the safe side to not ask cops and judges if it’s legal yet.

Governor Murphy is set to deliver his State of the State Address Tuesday, January 12th. That gives him a very narrow path to be able to claim victory in the address, much less claim a legitimate victory.

Paramus Turns Against Cannabis

Meanwhile, the Paramus Borough Council unanimously banned dispensaries from seeking to establish themselves within their city limits. Bergen County, which contains Paramus, has some old blue laws, like stores unable being unable to open on a Sunday.

Other towns in Bergen County will likely enjoy a dispensary or related cannabis business. Fort Lee and Hackensack, being larger towns, might support cannabis companies being based there. Bergen has many small towns in one county, like tiny Teterboro, which contains an appropriately tiny airport. Other towns in Bergen close to the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge boast celebrity residents like Chris Rock.

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