Governor-elect Phil Murphy (D) is unshaken by federal opposition to cannabis and will move forward with his plan for NJ weed legalization.
Murphy, a Middletown resident, will be sworn in next week during the state’s inaugural proceedings. He is a known progressive who has been questioned by some of his fellow Democrats. Not against his ideas for NJ weed legalization, but the concern that the legislature gets it right.
On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would be rescinding the Cole memo. It’s an Obama-issued guidance document that prohibited federal funds from being used to target legal cannabis operations.
The Sessions memo which nullifies the Cole memo. Although does this make #cannabis any more #illegal today than yesterday? #marijuana #cannabis #headynj #legalizenj #mj4nj #gettinheadywithit pic.twitter.com/WFzsGDv2Wm
— Heady NJ (@Heady_NJ) January 4, 2018
Moving New Jersey Legalization
According to Gannett News, Murphy stated, “I don’t want to marry myself to a particular day. But I would hope it’s sooner than later.”
“We’ve just got to make sure we do it right,” he added.
Senator Nick Scutari re-introduced legislation to make cannabis legal for adults over the age of 21. He did so during this week’s legislative planning session.
State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) did not seem concerned. He noted New Jersey has not been deterred by the move federal-level move by Jeff Sessions against NJ weed legalization.
— Brian Staffa (@BrianStaffa) January 9, 2018
NJ Weed Legalization Issues
New Jersey will be one of the first states to use its legislature to legalize recreational cannabis. Vermont might be the very first though. Their lawmakers approved a bill this week that is on its way to their Governor’s desk. New Hampshire is also expected to do the same this month.
On Tuesday, advocates rallied in front of the statehouse to voice concern over the omission of a home grow provision especially for medical cannabis patients. With the already strained medical supply with a limited supply, it is possible that medical patients may have a more challenging time obtaining their medicine which could be alleviated with a home grow provision.
A lot more needs to be done before NJ weed legalization becomes the norm.