Feb 182015
 February 18, 2015

new jersey medical marijuanaNew Jersey is a rough place when it comes to marijuana policy. Possession of any amount of marijuana for non-medical purposes is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to$1,000. Black people are almost three times as likely to be arrested for marijuana in New Jersey, despite similar consumption rates as white people. Those issues, among many others, is why a coalition of people are launching a campaign to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. Per the Wall Street Journal:

A group of local prosecutors, civil-rights activists and health officials is launching an effort to make New Jersey the fifth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the U.S.

The campaign, called New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, intends to push for state legislation that would legalize, tax and regulate pot distribution for adults in the state. If it is successful, New Jersey would join Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., in ending possession of pot as a criminal offense.

The New Jersey coalition was set to officially launch Wednesday during an event in Newark. The group has consulted with activists who helped win pot legalization in other states, said Udi Ofer, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

The campaign is trying to legalize marijuana stores, as well as legalize the possession of up to one ounce and the cultivation of six plants. The campaign will face an uphill battle. There is strong support among New Jersey voters, but there is far less support from New Jersey politicians. This is something that the coalition realizes, which is why they are aiming for marijuana to become legal in New Jersey after Chris Christie leaves office. Roughly 21,000 people a year are arrested in New Jersey for marijuana.

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  16 Responses to “Campaign Launched To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In New Jersey”

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    Chris Christie is a weed hating SOB. He should be charged in the death of kids that suffered from seizures since he’s pretty much to blame for the shitty outcome of MMJ in NJ.

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      Well said, i suffer from SEVERE crohns disease & SEVERE ulcerative colitis, & witnessing what Christie pulled on the ‘ill & dying’ citizens of NJ…by delaying and putting the most restrictive MM guidelines to date still turns my stomach. He has no true empathy or even the slightest signs of compassion. He is a true SOCIOPATH, many politicians and fortune 500 CEO’s have this grimey character trait.

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    The fact that marijuana is still on schedule 1 is horrifying. Please the white house comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the president take immediate action to protect the health and safety of americans who need medical marijuana by getting it removed from schedule 1.

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    I wonder what percentage of New Jersey’s population is black vs white? If cannabis is legal how will we lock up the black folk?

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    Christie is a self-interested crook and a coward. I don’t know exactly how protecting the prohibition status quo wins him campaign money and votes, but there’s no other explanation for his position.

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      There are many politicians whose views on the subject are actually the views of their sponsors. I’m sure the Koch brothers and other high-roller campaign financiers are adamantly anti-legalization. Cannabis might actually lead to that dreaded liberal activity, “thinking.”

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        Sure, in some cases, but it’s not true for Christie. In the year 2015, only two kinds of politicians are willing to go on record saying cannabis is a gateway drug: self-interested crooks and ignorant fools. Christie’s no fool.

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          Sorry hun….but Christie is THE MOST CORRUPT & ignorant governor in NJ history. He abused his power too many times to even keep track of, & lol thats just the shady tactics that WE..’the public’ are AWARE of.

          Where there is smoke there is fire, i guarantee this obese, uber narcissistic poor excuse for a man…has a CLOSET FULL OF skeletons.

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      Big Pharma campaign cash.

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    Christie is just like most of our politicians whose beliefs are still mired in the Reefer Madness state of mind that they were taught by our government. Some of them are at least starting to take a fresh, unbiased look at MJ, and when they do they usually realize that the benefits far outweigh the negative effects. But blowhards like Christie are too self righteous, too stubborn, and too blind to do that.

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    Is there an initiative process in NJ? Might have to remove the politicians from the process.

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    I commend this group of courageous citizens for standing up for what is right! Unfortunately, I don’t think much is going to come of this as long as Fat Bastard is the governor.

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    Christie is such an obese lard of ego, bravado & without question…THE WORST ‘oath’ breaking governor in NJ history & for NJ, you have to be a real scumbag to gain that title. I truly hope he either dies of a heart attack due to his filthy pig like eating habits, or maybe a car wreck would do. Either way im genuinely wishing for his demise, & im an atheist so dont give me the ‘its a sin to wish harm on others speech.’ The amount of nj residents that ‘literally died waiting’ for the medication that could have saved their lives or at the very least, made their ‘last days’ more tollerable, is inexcusable & teeters along the line of pure evil and intentional ignorance due to political affiliation & his OWN goals and ‘political aspirations.’

    Christie is up to his knees in BLOOD, all due to his egomaniacal obsession to become president.

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    christie is a scumbag stealing tax dollars to put in his pocket after sandy alot of my freinds became homeless due to his egotistic ignorotic mind he shouldve put that money to use as we pay him for instead he pocketed it out of greed and ignorance he has no compassion or pitty marijuana is not a gateway drug it eases pain and causes hunger and tiredness side effects only include hungry, happy, sleepy thats it there is no proof that it is harmful and christie is a fool for not legalizing it there would be less minor offenses in jail it would be a great source of income for nj and there would be less violance by far

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