Advocacy Organizations Respond to Formation of Legislative Committee to Review Implementation of Marijuana Legalization

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Charles F. Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice: “Throughout history, cannabis prohibition was used as a prominent tool in a war on Black people. The Statement March 30, 2022 NEWARK – After nearly ten years of advocacy, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved marijuana legalization in 2020 to advance racial and social justice. As we work to create a new legal cannabis industry, we must center those communities that have been most harmed by prohibition. Now is a pivotal moment nationally for marijuana legalization and New Jersey. The goals of creating an inclusive industry, promoting racial justice, and beginning to repair the harms of prohibition are too important to be rushed.

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The Statement

March 30, 2022

NEWARK – After nearly ten years of advocacy, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved marijuana legalization in 2020 to advance racial and social justice. The accompanying legislation that was passed and signed the following year put in place some of the most forward-looking cannabis laws in the country and included a groundbreaking decriminalization framework.

Now is a pivotal moment nationally for marijuana legalization and New Jersey. Our adult-use marijuana market is being constructed at a time when New Jersey has the opportunity to be a national leader in this space by prioritizing...

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