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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #60 on: December 17, 2020, 03:06:54 PM »
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #61 on: January 30, 2021, 11:09:09 AM »
"Constitutional ban on legal pot advances in Idaho"

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/constitutional-ban-medical-recreational-pot-advances-75565989

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BOISE, Idaho -- As legal weed becomes a reality in every corner of the U.S., Idaho is putting up a fight.

State lawmakers on Friday moved forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar the legalization of marijuana in Idaho in an attempt to keep the growing nationwide acceptance of the drug from seeping across its borders.

Idaho is one of only three states without some sort of policy allowing residents to possess products with even low amounts of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #62 on: February 21, 2021, 11:14:48 AM »
So a big debate right now is the details on how to treat legal marijuana in NJ. As of now police are still arresting people and don't plan to stop until the new laws are on the books.

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/02/nj-cops-are-still-arresting-people-for-weed-police-say-they-wont-stop-until-legal-marijuana-is-official.html
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As Trenton debates how police should handle youth marijuana use, cops around the state continue to arrest people of all ages for an offense many expected to become legal in 2021: minor marijuana possession. The laws on weed could change as soon as Monday, and those under 21 might face only fines for using marijuana or drinking if a new bill passes. But for now, the old rules stand.

This new bill would force police to stop pulling people over for possession because the officers themselves could be held accountable.

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/02/new-nj-legal-weed-bill-would-ease-underage-drinking-penalties.html
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...the bill includes penalties for police who misuse their power when interacting with underage people on these offenses. If police intentionally and illegally stop, search or detain people for underage drinking or marijuana use, they could face a third degree charge of deprivation of civil rights. Thatís punishable by a fine of $15,000 and up to five years in jail.

Usually items that go after police directly aren't taken very well and the chance of the bill passing is lower but since tensions are high on the topic it doesn't necessarily rule it out.
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #63 on: February 22, 2021, 01:40:49 PM »
Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to legalize adult-use marijuana.

https://twitter.com/GovMurphy/status/1363913371993661441

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/02/murphy-signs-nj-legal-weed-bills-ending-3-year-saga.html
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More than three years after he took office with hopes of legalizing marijuana in 100 days, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills that together legalize marijuana in New Jersey and put an end to thousands of arrests.

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2021/02/excessive-punishment-for-kids-who-use-marijuana-is-not-the-answer-opinion.html
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Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Reply #64 on: February 26, 2021, 01:15:26 PM »
So now that marijuana is fully legal in NJ, how will it work? First the law immediately ends arrests but sales aren't realy legal yet.

https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/02/murphy-takes-next-step-for-nj-legal-weed-sales-by-making-final-picks-to-cannabis-commission.html
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Murphy signed the long-awaited cannabis legalization law on Monday, along with a decriminalization law that ended arrests for possession immediately. But many pieces of the legalization law do not become operative until the commission adopts rules and regulations to guide licensing of new businesses, workplace drug testing and funding for community programs.

Until that happens, there will not be legal marijuana sales.

Something being asked is that since it's still federally illegal can I still be arrested. Technically, yes you can but in the state of NJ all police are managed by NJ laws and thus are governed and managed at that level. This would mean to be charged you would need a federal level officer to perform the arrest. Officers in NJ can perform the arrest but because they're governed by NJ laws they also are punished under NJ laws. This new laws prevents an officer from inquiring about age or whether someone is in possession of the drug.

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2021/02/nj-weed-law-turns-cops-into-criminals-letters.html
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The law establishes an enforcement power, but makes it illegal for law enforcement to use that power. It creates civil penalties for underage drinking or marijuana use, but also penalizes any officer found to have stopped, searched or detained those suspected of using these substances without meeting probable cause standards. The officer could face a charge of deprivation of civil rights ó a third degree offense subject to 3-5 years in prison, a fine of $15,000 or both.

According to a New Jersey Policemenís Benevolent Association analysis, this means any officer who sees or smells marijuana or alcohol cannot even inquire about the age of the user to ensure the user can legally possess these substances. The law permanently ties an officerís hands.

It will definitely be interesting to see how this change in the law works out.
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