Medical marijuana reform passed; legalization potentially on the 2020 ballot

Last update: July 8, 2019


On June 2, 2019, Gov. Phil Murphy signed A20, also known as Jake’s Law named after Jake Honig, a pediatric patient who used medical marijuana during his battle with cancer. The law institutes many much needed reforms to the medical marijuana program, including expanding access and adding chronic pain. A summary of the changes can be found here.

Despite the overwhelming support for legalization in New Jersey, there was not enough support in Trenton. Earlier this year, the legalization bill was tabled because leaders did not believe there were enough votes for passage in the Senate.

Please call Gov. Phil Murphy at 609-292-6000 and Senate President Stephen Sweeney at 856-251-9801 and ask that they legalize marijuana in 2020. They could also refer the issue to voters, but that would be a slower, more costly process — as lawmakers would still have to sort out the details later. Marijuana prohibition has cost New Jersey millions of dollars and ruined thousands of lives. It’s time for it to end. After calling, please let your lawmakers know that you support ending New Jersey’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition.

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