NJ: Statewide Marijuana Legalization Hearing Is Saturday In Paramus

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Members of the public may testify at the final public hearing on marijuana legalization in New Jersey Saturday.

The Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations Committee will take testimony from invited speakers and the public on the impact of possible marijuana legalization. Speakers are expected to talk about the effect such as the impact legalization could have on the public health, criminal justice system, and economy in New Jersey.

The hearing will convene at 10 a.m. at Bergen Community College, in the Moses Conference Center, 400 Paramus Road. The conference center is in building 19.

The previous hearings were held in Edison and Glassboro.

Gov. Phil Murphy in March announced “major reforms” to New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program in March, including the addition of medical conditions, lowered patient, and caregiver fees and allowing dispensaries to add satellite locations. These reforms push the state closer toward legalization.

Murphy recommended suggestions to lawmakers that could require legislative action, such as home delivery. He also proposed legislative changes that would increase the monthly product limit for patients, and allow an “unlimited supply” for those receiving hospice care.

The state Department of Health also has made recommendations to change state law to include increasing the monthly product limit to 4 ounces, allowing hospice patients to have an unlimited supply and allowing adult patients to have access to edibles.