There Are Now 50 New Jersey Towns Who Banned Weed Ahead of Impending Legalization

Late last month, New Jersey lawmakers in both the Assembly and Senate voted to advance a bill legalizing adult use cannabis and establishing a retail industry in the state. The vote to advance S2703 out of committee represents the first official legislative action on adult-use cannabis since pro-legalization Gov. Phil Murphy assumed office in January. But the lengthy and contentious public hearing that preceded the vote highlighted the breadth of opposition to the specifics of the bill, if not legalization in general.

Although far from its final version and still very much up for major changes, the bill’s advancement signaled that New Jersey is well on the path toward a regulated and taxed adult-use cannabis industry. Yet while state lawmakers work to craft a legal framework, dozens of New Jersey towns have quietly passed resolutions banning the industry.

Dozens of New Jersey Towns Have Already Banned the Cannabis Industry

Since their 2016 takeover, New Jersey Democrats have expanded qualifying conditions for medical cannabis treatments and licensed more dispensaries. And they’ve made criminal justice reform a centerpiece of their legalization campaign. Additionally, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has instructed prosecutors to adjourn all marijuana-related cases until the attorney general’s office can

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Expert Joints Premieres on High Times TV Today!

Craig Ex, founder and host of Expert Joints, says he’s humbled to hold the torch for B.C.’s legendary weed industry on High Times TV.

Season four of Ex’s Vancouver-based webcast, plus his on-the-ground event coverage and numerous tutorials, are the newest additions to the publication’s video offerings.

“Expert Joints is a multi-platform media outlet offering a voice to cannabis enthusiasts from B.C. and around the world,” he says, practically singing the slogan in his charismatic host voice.

“Basically, I roll joints and talk to people about weed.”

Sitting in his living room, of course rolling one of his signatures, he recounts the five-year journey to building one of the country’s most successful and “well put together” underground weedia companies: Studio 710.

It started in 2013, when, after two grueling decades working various jobs in the hospitality and events industry, Ex took some time off to refocus.

“Turns out, 20-some-years of life kicking me in the balls enough did some damage,” he says, laughing. After six-months holed up on his couch, sedated on a handful of prescription medications, Ex did what anyone gripped by an existential crisis does: he made a list.

Realizing he couldn’t return to the thankless 18-hour-day grind, he set

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Brooklyn Offers Expedited Expungement Sessions This Week

New York’s efforts to legalize cannabis are moving about as slowly as its deteriorating subway system that’s been in a state of emergency since 2017. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is making strides with decriminalization, however, offering two free expedited community-based sessions this week to expunge previous convictions for low-level cannabis offenses.

As part of Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s overall Justice 2020 criminal justice reform program, NYPD has stopped arresting people for smoking weed and Gonzalez is no longer prosecuting minor possession and public smoking cases. There are, of course, exceptions and pertain to those “who pose a threat to public safety (e.g. driving with burning marijuana); create a genuine nuisance (e.g. smoking on public transportation or in a schoolyard where children are exposed to smoke); or are involved in violent criminal activity (i.e. ‘drivers of crime’).” Since adopting the policy change, possession cases dropped by a staggering 98.5 percent from 349 in Jan. to only five as of Oct. 2018.

Simply decriminalizing doesn’t help the predominantly minority communities that have been long been targeted for these minor offenses, which is why Brooklyn will join initiatives, like the recent National Expungement Week in October and state proposal HB 2367

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Surgeon General Blames Lack of Marijuana Research on Schedule 1 Status

At a national summit on police efforts to address the United States’ opioid epidemic, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke about the need for further scientific and medical research on cannabis. In response to a question about the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Adams called for a review of the way the government schedules different medications, including marijuana. The CSA lists cannabis as a Schedule I substance, a classification reserved for drugs deemed the most dangerous, with no accepted medical use and high abuse potential. The extraordinary difficulty and cost scientists and doctors face if they try to study cannabis is a major consequence of that classification. In the U.S., no drug is both as common yet as under-researched as marijuana. And Surgeon General Adams blames the lack of research on the plant’s Schedule I status.

U.S. Surgeon General Renews Support for Rescheduling Medical Cannabis

Last Thursday’s statements at the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative conference in Massachusetts weren’t the first time Surgeon General Jerome Adams has spoken favorably about reclassifying medical cannabis. In a public speech last December at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ annual conference, Adams said he felt medical marijuana “should be like any other

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Legalization In Rhode Island May Be On The Horizon

Could Rhode Island be the next New England state to legalize marijuana? It’s a possibility that seems more likely than ever, given the latest moves toward legalization that have happened in the region. Massachusetts, Rhode Island’s next door neighbor, just opened its first two recreational dispensaries last month, and Vermont became the ninth state to legalize marijuana last July.

Rhode Island has had a medical cannabis program in place since 2006, but bills to legalize marijuana haven’t gained much traction in the state’s General Assembly. However, public sentiment and the changing landscape surrounding legalization — especially in nearby states —  could prove to be the combination that ultimately gets legalization off the ground.

According to the Providence Journal, some lawmakers are advocating for a proactive approach to legalization. “Even if you’re against recreational cannabis and you feel there are social costs to it, you’re going to be dealing with those issues within your own borders, regardless, and without any of the revenue you could be raising,” Scott Slater, a Rhode Island Democratic state representative, told the publication. “You might as well regulate it and tax it and put some of that money toward prevention.”

The reality is that legal marijuana

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