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Some NJ Cannabis Tax Revenue Funds Violence Intervention and Prevention

Governor Phil Murphy (D) and Attorney General Matt Platkin announced some New Jersey adult use cannabis tax revenue will support non-profits helping those suffering from violence in Impact Zones harmed by the War on Drugs. Fifteen million dollars will be distributed through grants. It includes $5 million from the Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace […]

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NJ Cannabis Expungement Clinic & Block Party (Rescheduled)

(UPDATE: This has been rescheduled for August) The River City Collective, Cannabis Equity Employment (CEE), Black Cannabis, and Baked by the River dispensary are holding an NJ cannabis expungement clinic and block party this Saturday in Trenton. NJ Cannabis Expungement Clinic & Block Party They are holding an opportunity clinic with an NJ cannabis expungement […]

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White House Cannabis Protest Calls for More Action from Biden, Washington

A cannabis protest at the White House yesterday called on President Joe Biden to do more to free all non-violent cannabis prisoners. Cannabis activists gathered outside the White House and Executive Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue to protest the lack of progress. Protestors chanted, “Everybody out! Records expunged!” several times. “Free them all!” Despite President […]

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Cannabis Spotlight: Joe Biden Pardons 1000s of Federal Weed Crimes

President Joe Biden announced he is issuing pardons for those with federal “simple” marijuana possession convictions and beginning the process to reclassify cannabis and end weed crimes. “I am announcing a pardon of all prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana. There are thousands of people who have prior Federal convictions for marijuana possession,” he […]

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Maplewood Social Equity & Expungement Event to Address Impact of Cannabis Arrests

The South Orange Maplewood Action (SOMA) Cannabis Equity Initiative Committee is hosting a social equity and expungement event. It is next Wednesday, September 21st, at the Woodland in Maplewood. The event is designed to address the disparate impact cannabis arrests have had on minority communities. Criminal records can have a debilitating generational impact on the lives and […]

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House Lawmakers File Bill to Expunge Cannabis Misdemeanors

Representatives Troy Carter (D-LA-2) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) introduced a bipartisan bill to expunge federal cannabis misdemeanors. The Marijuana Misdemeanor Expungement Act would create an expungement mechanism for low-level violations of federal marijuana law. It would also provide an expedited process that clears non-felony marijuana offenses lingering in the federal system. The bill would deliver justice […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Amended Seeking Damages for 400,000 Individuals with Expunged and Vacated Convictions

The class-action lawsuit Drayton vs. State of New Jersey to help those with expunged records has been amended after the State sought to have it dismissed. Attorney William Riback filed a brief as a response to the State of New Jersey’s motion to dismiss. The amendment seeks to have the fines of all individuals convicted […]

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NORML Calls for President Joe Biden to Expunge Marijuana Records

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) called for President Joe Biden to keep his campaign promise to expunge federal marijuana records. Doing so would bring immediate justice and relief to thousands of Americans. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden stated that “no one should be in jail because of cannabis use.” In […]

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Booker, Warren Call on DOJ to Remove Cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970, the Attorney General can remove a substance from the CSA by working with the Secretary of Health […]

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MORE ACT Repealing Cannabis Prohibition Passes the House Judiciary Committee Again

The United States Congress House Judiciary Committee has once more passed the MORE Act, which would end federal cannabis prohibition. The committee passed HR 3617: The Marijuana, Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021. The bill repeals the federal prohibition of cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This would provide […]

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