After a three-year legislative battle, Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) signed three bills that legalize up to six ounces of cannabis in New Jersey last week.
“In addition to the estimated $126 million in annual tax revenue by the NJ State Legislature, the adult-use market will now open-up a lot of new economic opportunities across the state,” Patrik Jonsson, Curaleaf Regional President, Northeast, explained to us via email.
Although medical marijuana was initially legalized in the Garden State in 2010, Jonsson noted that this shift to the adult-use market will open these opportunities in a way that supports communities that have been negatively impacted by the War on Drugs.
“This legislation will establish an industry that brings equity and economic opportunity to our communities while establishing minimum standards for safe products and allowing law enforcement to focus their resources on real public safety matters,” Gov. Murphy said last week. “We’re taking a monumental step forward to reduce racial disparities in our criminal justice system, while building a promising new industry and standing on the right side of history.”
Sen. Tim Kearney (D-26), Moms Demand Action, Cease Fire Pa, and Delco United were joined by Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D-165), Rep. Leanne Krueger (D-161), Rep. Mike Zabel (D-163), and Rep. David Delloso (D-162) for a discussion and open forum on gun violence at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) yesterday evening.
There’s more that lies under the tablecloth of a lemonade stand run by shining faces high noon on a summer’s day. Without the proper permits from their county, our ambitious youngin’s could be looking at hundreds of dollars in fines.
You’re carousing the aisles of your favorite convenience store in Philadelphia, parched, your mouth as dry as the Sahara desert. Craving a bubbly, sugary Coke, you quickly navigate to the beverage section only to find the price has jumped to $2.12 – and that’s not including the city’s 0.08 percent sales tax, either.