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New Jersey Begins Marijuana Legalization Hearings Next Month

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The process through which advocates hope New Jersey will legalize marijuana is set to begin next month, a key lawmaker has announced.

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Committee will hold a hearing on cannabis legalization on March 5, Chairman Joseph Danielson (D) announced on Thursday.

“It’ll be an open discussion surrounding the issue of cannabis products,” he said.

Gov. Phil Murphy (D) campaigned on marijuana legalization, and reiterated the anti-prohibition pledge in his inaugural address last month. Days after being sworn in, he issued an executive order on expanding the state’s limited medical cannabis law.

New Jersey Governor Promises Legal Marijuana In Inauguration Speech

A number of state lawmakers and local officials from New Jersey are currently on a marijuana fact-finding trip in Nevada.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D), after coming back from a similar trip to Colorado in 2016, announced that he wanted to legalize marijuana in the Garden State as soon as possible.

“As soon as the governor gets situated, weโ€™re all still here, we intend to move quickly on it,” he said at the time. “I really wish every legislator would have a chance to witness what we witnessed because there wouldnโ€™t be one no vote if they saw it.”

See the agenda for New Jersey officials’ current cannabis-focused Nevada visit below:

New Jersey Lawmakers’ Marijuana Visit to Nevada by tomangell on Scribd

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 15-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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