New Jersey Mayors Steer Legislators Toward Social Equity in Marijuana Bill

New Jersey Mayors Steer Legislators Toward Social Equity in Marijuana Bill

The mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Hoboken released a letter Sept. 5 urging legislators to strengthen social justice and equity measures in adult-use cannabis bills.

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September 7, 2018
NJBiz.com
Legislation and regulation News State by State: New Jersey

Three mayors—Newark's Ras Baraka, Jersey City's Steve Fulop and Ravinder Bhalla of Hoboken—jointly released a letter Thursday urging legislators to strengthen social justice and equity measures in adult-use cannabis bills making their way through Trenton.

“While we all support the Legislature’s push toward legalization here in New Jersey and we think it’s long overdue [but] we still believe it falls very short from what it needs to be in order to have support of the city of Newark and other cities as well,” Baraka said at a press conference at Newark City Hall.

To get Newark’s approval, marijuana convictions for possession and distribution of any quantity should be expunged, and anyone presently incarcerated for marijuana-only convictions should be released from jail, he said.

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