Recreational Marijuana Legalization Passes NJ Legislative Committees

New Jersey is one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana use after the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee each approved the New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act after a four hour joint hearing on the bill.

The Senate Committee passed the bill 7-4, with two abstentions.

Monmouth County’s senators on the committee came down on different sides as Senator Vin Gopal (D-ll) voted in favor of the bill and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) voted against.

O’Scanlon, on twitter, said that proponents of legalization of have not yet made their case while he criticized some opponents of legalization for their “hyperbolic contentions of anarchy and destruction.”


The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted to advance the bill 7-3-1.

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden was in Trenton to testify against the bill while urging the legislators to amend the bill to provide law enforcement with sufficient resources to train officers as Drug Recognition Experts.  Noting that 9-1-1 fees are diverted by Trenton, Golden urged a dedicated source of state funding for the increased demands law enforcement anticipated by legal marijuana.

Posted: November 26th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Marijuana, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Recreational Marijuana Legalization Passes NJ Legislative Committees”

  1. Just when you think said at 12:59 pm on November 27th, 2018:

    NJ can’t get any more greedy, short- sighted, or dumb, here we go,with what will ultimately prove to be yet another nightmare, in living here. Really looking forward to more dumbing- down of kids, and the electorate, more substance- impaired driving and accidents than we already have, more kids getting sick from ingesting the food products and inhaling the smoke from their ignorant parents/ family, and next, more greed from the legislature, by legalizing more drugs to addict and kill more people, while of course, never lowering any of our other, oppressive taxes..( there will never be enough revenue to feed all the programs and promises.) – only things left, will be to legalize and tax prostitution, then, the evermore polluted air we breathe, here.. buh- bye, NJ!

  2. Very well put said at 2:43 pm on November 27th, 2018:

    The stupidity of our governor is astonishing. The way he governs centers around two things, what group he can pander to and what tax he can raise or create to pay off his stupid, idiotic, unworkable campaign promises. This guy has absolutely no clue as to how destructive his policies are. Being able to say I told you so to all the dummies who voted for this numbskull will be a minor victory in this war for New Jersey’s future.

  3. Wait a minute! said at 4:19 pm on November 27th, 2018:

    Just thought of yet another revenue source: they finally started sports betting, ( BTW, does anyone know what the state’s take on all the betting is? Haven’t seen/ heard that, yet.) so, here’s something to add to the betting menus: elections! Who wants to bet on The Murph getting re- elected in 2021? Our fellow voters should be sufficiently sated with their “recreational pot,” to think everything’s going just ducky here in Blue Jersey, and, if they can stumble out to the polls, find his name on the line and let the fun continue, here!!

  4. Insurance said at 5:27 pm on November 27th, 2018:

    I don’t know the answer but I have what I think is a legitimate question.

    Do health insurance companies penalize people who participate in the use of “recreational drugs” in other states? Or can they? Should they?

    I’m mostly asking because if I take my car up the Island Dragway in lovely Great Meadows, NJ to do some “recreational racing”, and wreck my ride on the track then auto insurance company will tell me to go pound salt.

    If I go recreational skydiving, and my chute fails to open leading me to go full IHOP on Earth’s surface then life insurance will also tell me to go pound salt.

    So if a drug addict is now smoking “recreational weed” and develops lung cancer, can the health insurance companies tell them to go pound salt? Can dental insurance companies do the same?

  5. Don’t know, said at 10:44 pm on November 27th, 2018:

    but since most insurances are based on averaged risks, my guess is, those who get free care anyway (the number of which we know is increasing all the time,) will still get it, and any increase in illnesses, thanks to increased pot use, will probably up our costs, and lower our coverages.. happy to help, thanks, idiots!