Jersey City Mayor Fulop in partnership with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka released the following statement this morning regarding New Jersey’s upcoming cannabis legislation, to be voted on next week. After assurance from state leaders that they will continue to seek full automatic expungement…
Statement by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop:
The most important and controversial policy issue of our time is the proposed legalization of adult use of cannabis. Today, as the Mayor of Newark and the Mayor of Jersey City, we stand together in solidarity representing the two largest cities in our state with a combined total population of over 500,000 in support of the legislation currently being proposed that will be voted upon on Monday, March 25th, 2019. This legislation has the ability to give hope and new beginnings to communities that have historically dealt with the impacts of failed drug policy and the criminalization of communities of color, disenfranchised and poor communities which have disproportionately been impacted. According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. While we support this legislation, it is with the assurance from our leaders at the State level that they understand that more work must be done. No matter Monday’s outcome, our stance still remains that the state must be diligent in creating the mechanism to ensure that the expungement process is automatic for all non-violent cannabis arrests. From day one, we have been vocal on this issue and working with our State leadership on this and making recommendations on an ongoing basis.
Language in the legislation should include:
“Upon a search and review of those cases, any conviction for a nonviolent offense where the petitioner possessed, transported, purchased, obtained or gave away/distributed to other adults ANY AMOUNT of marijuana, smoked or ingested marijuana products, possessed, transported, purchased, obtained, used, manufactured, or gave away marijuana accessories to other adults, their record will be automatically (immediate with no further action needed by the petitioner/convicted) sealed. Persons currently serving a sentence should be prioritized for review.”
Furthermore, funds should be earmarked for the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts to review and process all cases/ petitions for expungement. For those that are incarcerated for non-violent cannabis crimes, freedom is the only acceptable answer, and a path to redemption must be certain. As we look back, we must acknowledge our past, embrace our present and prepare for our future. The future of our residents is of critical importance, specifically those that have been impacted by drug policy designed for them to fail and to inhibit their quality of life as well as that of their families. We cannot pass up the opportunity to right these wrongs.
Now more than ever, we must work together. Again, we stand in unison in support of this legislation that could potentially become New Jersey’s law. We should aim to become a model state from which other states can clearly follow. We should address these issues in a manner that protects our communities and the people that live here.
Here’s what you want to know before visiting your regional medical dispensary:You may need a doctor’s recommendation, medical cannabis certification, and/or whatever appropriate documentation is required by your condition. Ordinarily, you need to be 18 or older to qualify for a medical consent, but exceptions may be made in some states for minors with especially debilitating conditions. You will usually enroll with a medicinal dispensary. This is to maintain your medical cannabis recommendation or certification on file for regulatory and legal purposes. There will be a waiting space. This will be to control the circulation of patients and product, but a simple dividing wall also gives patients solitude and direct one-on-one contact using a budtender to discuss medical issues. Many times, but not always, your purchases will be monitored by medical dispensaries. This procedure can assist budtenders and patients track effective medication in addition to have a living listing of manufacturers and goods for future reference and follow-up. Medicinal dispensaries usually permit you to smell and analyze the buds before buy. This may differ from state-to-state.
Yes, municipal approval is required prior to the AGLC will issue a retail cannabis license. Applicants should get in touch with their planned municipality to find out requirements regarding municipal retail cannabis legislation, zoning requirements, land-use restrictions, and place requirements regarding how close a retail store can be into a provincial health care centre, college, or parcel of property designated as a college book.
Keep non-medical cannabis legal Adults who are 19 years or older are able to:Possess up to 30 g of authorized dried cannabis or the equivalent on their person. Share up to 30 gram of legal cannabis with other adults in Canada. Purchase cannabis goods from a Yukon Liquor Corporation licensed retailer. Grow up to four crops per family. It is illegal to provide non-medical cannabis to anyone under the age of 19 and also for anyone below the age of 19 to have any quantity of non-medical cannabis in Yukon.It is dangerous and illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis or other intoxicants.