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NJ A3094 :

NJ A3094 Odalys Jimenez- Castano

What is A3094?:

What is A3094? Bill that legalizes possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana for persons 21 years or older Prohibits the resale to others Cannot be consumed openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others. Introduced to the Senate on May 8 th , 2014

Who are the sponsors? :

Who are the sponsors? Assemblywoman Linda Stender (District 22) Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (District 15) Has also sponsored A218, which would impose a civil fine for possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana

Companion Bill Senate Bill 1896 :

Companion Bill Senate Bill 1896 First bill to notion the legalization of recreational marijuana in NJ on March 27, 2014 Introduced by NJ State Senator Nicholas P. Scutari If passed, the bill would legalize the possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana, the sale of marijuana, and the growth of marijuana. A 7% sales tax would be levied upon marijuana sold or transferred

How it all started? Part 1:

How it all started? Part 1 Medical Marijuana Use October 1, 2012, the New Jersey New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (“CUMMA”) went into effect CUMMA defines “debilitating medical conditions,” (1 ) seizure disorder that is resistant to medical therapy ( 2 ) certain viruses or cancer (3) sclerosis and terminal cancer ( 4) any other medical condition approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services (“DHSS”).

How it all started? Part 2:

How it all started? Part 2 Opening a dispensary On January 18, 2014, the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division issued its opinion in  Caporusso v. N.J. Dep’t. of Health and Senior Service. T he plaintiffs were qualified patients under CUMMA alleging that they had been denied access to medical marijuana because of the Department of Health’s (“DOH” formerly known as the DHSS) failure to implement CUMMA as mandated.

Colorado Amendment 64:

Colorado Amendment 64 First to Legalize Passed on November 6, 2012 Following the amendment was Washington State decision to allow “personal use and regulation of marijuana” for adults 21 years and older, as well as commercial cultivation, manufacture, and sale, effectively regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. The first stores officially opened on January 1, 2014.

Who supports Amendment 64?:

Who supports Amendment 64? Generally considered a liberal or libertarian cause. A number of high-profile conservative endorsements, including, most notably, an endorsement former U.S. Representative and 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate Tom Tancredo Temple Emmanuel’s Rabbi, Steven Foster, endorsed Amendment 64, because he believed that as a clergy “we have a responsibility to talk about what policies serve our community best. You do not have to use marijuana– or even approve of marijuana– to see that our current laws are working”

Goal of A3094:

Goal of A3094 Make cannabis legally available to adults 21 years or older Produce tax revenue by the sale of marijuana 70% of all money collected shall be deposited in the “Transportation Trust Fund Account” 20% of all money collected shall be dedicated to programs addressing women’s health, family planning, postpartum depression awareness, smoking cessation, and HIV-awareness.

Why make cannabis more readily available?:

Why make cannabis more readily available? Support law enforcement and prison reform Solve our Border Crisis Referring to lesson 3: Supply of Addiction A3094 would contribute to two of the most expensive methods the U.S uses to stop the production of drugs Eradication Help supply money to law enforcement overseas

Stakeholder Analysis:

Stakeholder Analysis High (influence) Medium (influence) Low (influence) High impact Government/Substance abuse councils Recreational users/Youth -Medical Users -{Pharmaceutical Corporations Medium impact Legal/Lawyers Alcohol and Beer Companies Farmers Low impact Drug Companies Police unions

The Many Views:

The Many Views Morality versus Economic Economic: regulating marijuana like alcohol could generate significant tax revenue. “Money, Not Morals, Drives Marijuana Prohibition Movement” Marijuana is a drug, and with all drug substances there are side effects– including altered perception, which doesn’t mix well with driving.

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