It’s been an up and down battle for New Jersey and recreational cannabis. Since the election of Governor Murphy into office, he pledged that he would legalize marijuana within his first 100 days in office. However, townships began passing legislation banning recreational cannabis businesses from their jurisdictions. This is in complete contrast to what the majority of the voters want. Furthermore, members of the State Senate have also been stubborn and supporting the status-quo—but it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel. But first, a
Sweeney said even if marijuana is legalized by the end of the year, it’ll be six months to a year before it will be offered for sale in Jersey because of plant growing and other regulatory issues. “If legalizing pot were put up for a vote in the form of a constitutional amendment, probably 68 percent of Jersey residents would vote for it. But state leaders don’t want to go down that road,” he saidNJ101.5.com
Also, one of the staunchest opponents to legalizing cannabis, Senator Vitale, is now in favor of legalization. Additionally, three cities took a non-binding vote last week just to gauge the voters, and all of them overwhelmingly agreed to legalize recreational marijuana. Finally, there are reports that a vote will take place before the end of the month here and here. So, it really is inevitable!
In the meantime, find your representatives here, and get in touch with them. Let them know your thoughts on cannabis legalization so they can stop standing in the way of what the people want.
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Last week, J.B. Pritzker became the next governor of Illinois, sending a signal to marijuana legalization advocates that cannabis legalization is now a real possibility for 2019. According to the Chicago Tribune,
Sponsors plan to introduce a new legalization bill in January, and hope to get it passed before the session ends in May. The proposed measure would allow the commercial sale and regulation of marijuana, similar to alcohol, for adults 21 and over.Chicago Tribune
Find your representatives and let them know your thoughts about cannabis legalization.
Kansas is one of the states with no laws legalizing cannabis. However, the state’s new incoming governor, Laura Kelly, supports medical marijuana. So, this could be the chance to finally get some movement on the legalization front. According to Kansas.com,
Previously, medical marijuana supporters would have had to gather supermajorities in both the House and Senate to override a likely veto from the governor. But with Kelly likely to support a medical marijuana bill, supporters now only need simple majorities in both chambers.Kansas.com
We are definitely “not in Kansas anymore.” Find your representatives and let them know your views on marijuana legalization; it’s the only way to get legislation as this passed.
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Texas just might pass legislation to decriminalize cannabis. The State already has a medical marijuana program in place, but it gives only limited access to the program. This new legislation plans on expanding the program, in addition to decriminalization. The best way to get legislation passed is to contact your representatives. Use our tool here, and let them know your thoughts on marijuana legalization.
The mayor of the District of Columbia wants to legalize cannabis sales. This comes three years after the district legalized recreational marijuana possession, but was blocked by Congress to allow recreational cannabis sales. The mayor, however, is hoping for a different result with the House now being dominated by Democrats. Find your representatives and let them know how you feel regarding legalizing marijuana sales in D.C.
Last week, voters of 13 Wisconsin cities approved a non-binding measure to legalize recreational marijuana. This has motivated lawmakers, especially Representative Melissa Sargent, to begin moving ahead with legislation starting in January of 2019. Give her some support and find your state representatives with our tool. Let them know that you support cannabis legalization.
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